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Canadian Pension Fund Sinks £600 Million into UK Investment Properties

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Changes to the tax breaks until now enjoyed by buy-to-let landlords who own investment properties may have some questioning how attractive the asset class will continue to be. However, the professionals certainly appear to have unshaken faith in the future of UK buy-to-let. Canadian pension fund unit Oxford Properties has announced taking a £600 million stake in Get Living, a built-to-let specialist residential property fund.

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Buy-to-Let Moving North for Yields as Southern Flat Purchases Slow

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Recent property market data indicates that tax changes and property price growth in London and the south of England putting pressure on rental yields has started to change the face of the UK’s buy-to-let market. Land Registry data analysed by research company Residential Analysts show a clear drop in transactions involving the kind of residential units favoured as investment properties over last year. Over the course of 2017, 10% less flats were purchased in England and Wales in comparison to the previous year. That’s against a wider fall over all property transactions of just 2.1% over the same period.

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And the UK’s New Buy-to-Let Star Region Is….?

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It’s been well publicised that Buy-to-Let landlords have been hit in the pocket by recent updates to the tax regime around the investment class. However, according to a recent survey by property consultants Knight Knox, the Yorkshire and Humber region is still thriving. In defiance of the 3% stamp duty hit added to the cost of buying buy-to-let or second properties and landlords no longer being able to deduct mortgage interest from taxable rental income, average gross rental yields in the region rose last year.

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Be a Property Investment Winner Despite the Slow Market: Buying & Selling

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After nearly a decade over which prices have been strongly on the up, the UK’s property market has notably slowed over the past 12 months or so. Halifax reported this week that April saw a 3.1% drop in average prices on a country-wide basis. Over the last quarter, a more accurate gauge than any single month, prices edged down by 0.1% when compared to the previous 3 months. April’s slide was the most significant since 2010 and naturally prompted concerns it may mark the onset of a more sustained malaise for house prices.

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Struggling to Re-Mortgage Your Investment Properties? Learn How to Hack the New Rules

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Do you own more than one investment property? If so, re-mortgaging them is probably about to become a lot harder. New directives issued to the UK’s banks and building societies last year by Bank of England branch, the Prudential Regulation Authority, specifically targeted ‘portfolio landlords’ who own four or more investment properties and operate outside of a limited company structure. They mean tightened requirements that require the whole portfolio to be assessed rather than just the property a re-mortgage is being applied for. Until now approval criteria were based solely on the financials of the property being re-mortgaged.

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Blockchain Technology Has Arrived in Property Sales

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Blockchain technology is best known as the technology that cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin run on. However, for those not interested in investing online in cryptocurrencies, recent developments mean that in the near future your next investment properties might also be purchased over a blockchain platform. Many experts believe that one of blockchain technology’s most natural and effective applications will be in changing the way property deals are done.

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Why International Property Investors Are Flocking to Milan

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Milan is becoming a bit of a hotspot for international investors looking for properties. While the capital of Lombardy doesn’t have the same tourism pull as other Italian renaissance cities like Rome and Florence, it actually boasts more visitors. MasterCard’s Global Destination Cities Index puts the number of visitors to the city over 2017 at 8.17 million compared to Rome’s 7.09 million. The reason behind the high visitor numbers can be linked to why property investments in the city have become so popular – business is booming. More than 25% of the visitors to Milan come on business, compared to only 14% of the total to Rome.

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London Estate Agent Reports London Property Sales ‘Near Historic Lows’

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The slowdown in London’s housing market has been well documented over recent months. Prime London sales have been reported as going through on an average of 10% below the asking price and sales numbers have generally slowed since the Brexit vote as buyers adopt a cautious ‘wait and see’ approach. While the wider London area, after several years of runaway price increases, is expected to see minor to stagnant property price increases over the coming twelve months, the malaise has generally been reported to have had by far the greatest impact on the most expensive neighbourhoods.

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It’s Not All Gloom for London Property Investment: 10 Areas Set to Profit

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There hasn’t been a lot of cheer in recent months for buy-to-let landlords with investment properties in and around London. Property prices and rents in London seemed to be on an inexorable rise during a long boom period following the international financial crisis. While other regions of the UK suffered steeper price drops and took longer to see the housing market stir back to life, between 2012 and 2017 property in London recorded average gains of 61% – capital value growth of over 10% a year before rental income was taken into the equation.

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