Types of Property Investment: A Brief Guide

Property is, without question, one of the more popular areas of investment at present. It has long had a reputation for outperforming the stock market and equities in total net returns, and the difference is especially marked at present. Seasoned investors and newcomers are increasingly turning to bricks and mortar as a source of investment income.

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New Manchester Development Seeks Buy-to-Let Investment

In the busy urban market of Manchester, demand for rented properties is high and this has made it a popular destination for domestic and international buy-to-let investors. Now Grove House, a new development of modern apartments in a prime residential area, is seeking property investors and aims to soak up some of the citys excess demand. Grove House is an existing building, but with a commercial rather than residential past. Nonetheless, it is located on an excellent site in a popular residential area – Old Trafford – making it a prime choice for residential use. Now, with the help of funds from buy-to-let investors pre-purchasing apartments, it is set to undergo a conversion, and be transformed from the commercial complex that currently stands to a modern, high-quality apartment complex. The finished development will contain a mixture of one- and two-bedroom properties aimed at young professionals and small families. Investors are...
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Withdraw 25% of your pension fund tax free!

Forthcoming pension reforms unveiled by the Chancellor, George Osbourne, mean that it will soon be possible for eligible pension holders to withdraw 25% of their pension fund tax-free, to do with as they please.
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Why Invest in Central Europe?

For many UK based property investors, buying abroad means two things rather than one. The location of the property is half of the reason many of us choose to invest overseas. The second, of course, is the expected return for the investment. In many cases, the decision to invest is made when the two elements combine. Put another way, many British investors opt for a second home in the sun which provides a bolt-hole and a growth opportunity
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The Seven Massive Mistakes Costing Most People Thousands of Pounds in Lost Property Profits

This series of articles has been written by Nikki Pope, Property Investor, Lawyer, Educator. Nikki is running one of her fantastic seminars this Saturday in London.   How to Buy £1.5 Million Property for NO MONEY DOWN! Saturday, January 18, 2014 from 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM So you can hear right from the horses mouth!  Click here to register.  In the meantime enjoy the first of the seven massive mistakes.  Weve all heard about location, location, location when it comes to buying property but what about strategy, strategy, strategy? Property is an excellent way of generating real wealth - but it is a big slow boat and expensive to turn around. Get it right & the numbers are big. The prospects for property profits are excellent. Get it wrong and the numbers are big and in a stagnating or falling housing market it can be very difficult to move on from...
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Is It Spring Time For Property Investors?

It is worth bearing in mind that despite the property market being in the doldrums for the last five years, property as with all other markets, goes in cycles.
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Investing abroad

Buying abroad is a dream for a lot of people. Sometimes it is for purely investment purposes other times it is for personal reasons to secure a holiday home.
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Advice on Buy to Let

Whenever I am asked what area of property investing investors should go into, I almost always will say go for buy to let and will relate it to business. Many investors however still do not buy the correct property to fit the criteria they should look for. If you think of large businesses and how they measure growth and performance - they will continually talk about growing by either opening new branches or shops, or taking over existing ones. So for instance a company may say "Our target is to open 30 new stores throughout the UK in 2012." Another company may say we shall consolidate our position and work on performance of existing stores. In terms of growing as a business, this is where buy to let has a huge advantage over buying to sell. If you buy to sell, you have to re-start your company each time, and...
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Are you looking for Property Investing Perfection?

What are you investing in at the moment? The answer doesn’t need to be a type of property, a method, or even an area, it’s more likely these days to be a cash-flow return. If you’re looking at a deal how are you deciding whether to invest or not? Do you check the location? Perhaps you want to invest close to home! Do you check the possibility for Capital Growth? – Perhaps not for the short-term but for the next 10-20 years. Do you divide your cashpot and diversify to make sure you’ve covered all eventualities? Do you look for cash-flow to give you financial freedom, or to give you a few more luxuries in life? OR are you looking for the deal that ticks all 4 boxes? Investing through others What is going to persuade you to part with your hard earned cash? Rather than thinking of the return...
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Pay off your Mortgage and secure a strong pension

In just 10 years from now, how would you like to have paid off your home mortgage in full and have secured a strong pension?
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Successful Buy to Let Property Investing

Making a success from a buy to let property involves much more than purchasing a house and finding people to occupy it. There are a raft of issues prospective landlords must check and think about before they part with their money.
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Is now the time to buy off plan?

Alan Forsyth from Property Secrets has provided this informative article about Off Plan Investing. Buying off plan was very much the way to invest several years ago, and worked very well in a rising market. For instance I bought off plan in Leeds city centre 11 years ago, as new build apartments were just starting to be built - and sold on 6 months after completion making a good profit. This type of investing worked well for investors in Dubai, and many emerging European markets over the last 7-8 years up until 2008 - with investors seeing excellent return on investment before they even completed. This investing then suffered as the credit crunch kicked in.  Investors hoping to secure 85-95% mortgages then saw loan to values reduce to 65-75% meaning extra funds were required on completion, and this affected some end values. So done well it can work very well,...
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From Sand and Sea to Spires & Suburbs

In a complete departure from the sun, sea and sand that we normally associate with overseas property investment, Id like to get you considering overseas [caption id="" align="alignright" width="299" caption="Czech Republic & Prague Location"]Czech Republic - From Sand and Sea to Spires & Suburbs investments in the same way we might evaluate any buy-to-let in the UK. In other words, a property purchased for long-term let to people who will make it their home and pay you rent to cover your mortgage, providing you with cash flow. Of course, were also looking for capital growth. What we need is a location with a very strong rental demand, a stable government, growing economy and tax advantages. We also need to be able to obtain mortgages (we still want to invest using other peoples money) at reasonable rates. So come with me now to the Czech Republic… where residential property investment is currently...
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Only 2.5 hours away and enjoys more sunshine than California!

Only 2.5 hours away and enjoys more sunshine than California! Where can you travel to that’s only 2.5 hours away from the UK, enjoys more sunshine a year than California, and is tipped as one of the top places to invest by “A Place In The Sun” magazine? Answer: The Portuguese Algarve region. The Algarve is Europe’s sunniest spot. It has 3000 hours of sunshine a year, tempered by moderate rainfall from November to March which provides the perfect environment to produce the region’s orange groves and almond trees, the scents from both fill the air when in bloom. Fresh oranges and almonds picked directly from the trees must be tasted to be believed. On the Algarve, they’re everywhere amongst the Moorish architecture which gives the region quite a different feel from neighbouring Spain. The Portuguese people seem more relaxed, down-to-earth and generally friendlier than their Spanish neighbours (if you’ll excuse...
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Student Sector - An Introduction

Assetz is a long-term supporter of the student sector having been active in it since the early 2000s. I have invested in it personally and this year saw 10% gross rental growth across the board in all my properties - I focus on new build private halls of residence. There are many reasons for this strength but the primary one is yet again our old favourite of supply and demand. UCAS confirmed there had been a 10.2% rise in applicants for all UK courses from UK students and an even greater growth of 12.4% in applications from non-EU students. The Eurozone provided a whopping 22.8% increase in applications. There just isnt the student accommodation available for these numbers, which is what is driving the new build student sector to grow so strongly and provide such excellent investment returns in both income and capital growth. Capital growth in student accommodation is materially...
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