eMoov Petition to Scrap European EPCs in the UK

The Housing Act 2004 made it a mandatory requirement that an energy assessment is made on all properties listed for sale in Britain and later, this applied to rental properties too.  So in 2007 the UK Government introduced EPCs (Energy Performance Certificates). The reason for the introduction was as a consequence of European Union Directive 2002/91/EC  Simply, Britain was told it must adopt a practice of sending inspectors to all homes marketed for sale or to let, before they could be advertised. At an average total annual cost of £100m to the UK home seller and landlord. The resulting energy rating that the certificate assesses is of little help to either buyer or seller and has not proven to reduce energy consumption in any attempt to assist in mitigating the effects on the environment, as was the intention when first conceived by the European Commission.  Founder and CEO of leading hybrid...
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How Does Housing in European Capitals Compare to London?

There’s no denying that living in London can be costly, and generally more expensive than other parts of the UK, but have you ever wondered how it compares to other European capitals? According to HomeLet, the average price of rent in Central London is said to be about £1,390 a month, which is fairly expensive by anybody’s standard; however this isn’t necessarily representative of prices around the continent. The latest infographic from housesimple.com compares the cost of living in London with five other European capitals: Berlin, Madrid, Paris, Rome and Stockholm. Looking at the price of properties, rates of homelessness and rent prices for example, the affordability of London (or lack of) compared with other European capitals may surprise you!
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Deflation is coming to the UK

The UK is getting very close to outright deflation, alongside much of Europe. With the oil price still hitting fresh lows on a daily basis and the supermarkets engaged in a vicious price war, it is likely to keep falling for several months yet. Whether it actually dips below zero remains to be seen.
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3 Things to Consider when Investing in International Property

The recent boom in the global property market has been hard to ignore, and despite several warnings by economists it shows little sign of abating. Even with the UK market on the verge of forming a bubble, there are a number of international locations in Europe and beyond offering potential growth and huge financial returns to real estate investors. If you are new to the market and hoping to invest in overseas property, however, you will need adopt a clearly defined strategy and plan your activity prior to taking the plunge.
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The Impact of Lehman Brothers on European Housing Markets 5 Years On

Kate Everett-Allen, International Residential Researcher at Knight Frank, said: “With the fifth anniversary of Lehman Brothers’ collapse approaching on September 15th we look at how Europe’s housing markets have fared, calculating each market’s average price change from Q3 2008 to date.
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Hong Kong leads global house prices increase

Knight Frank’s global house price index confirms that average prices rose 6.6% in the year to March, the highest rate of growth since Q2 2010. Kate Everett-Allen assesses the potential for future growth.
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Property TV Show expanding

  Do you live in the UK but dream of a new life in Europe? Let us help you!   The UK’s longest running relocation show, BBC’s ‘Escape to the Country’, is expanding and we’re looking for people who are thinking of embarking on a continental adventure!   Please email your name, telephone number and a little bit about your move to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call him directly on 01494 733551
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Manchester: The perfect home for culture vultures

Having transformed itself from an industrial hub into one of the most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities in the UK, Manchester has plenty to offer people who are looking to relocate to the north-west of England, whether youre moving to the city itself or just outside it. For families, the thought of buying a countryside property that is within easy reach of Manchesters thriving city centre is an extremely attractive one. Although years of regeneration have ensured the metropolis is now awash with state-of-the-art buildings and superb public services, Manchester has still managed to maintain its distinctive northern charm - and is a better place for it. Manchester doesnt follow trends, it starts them Manchester has a reputation as a trendsetter and you only have to look at the citys music scene for evidence of this. It has produced an unbelievable number of famous bands over the years, from The Smiths, Joy Division...
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Tokyo leads luxury residential market slowdown

The average price of luxury homes in the world’s key cities fell by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013 although the annual rate remained positive at 3.6%. Kate Everett-Allen, International Residential Research, examines the latest index results:   Prime property prices fell on average by 0.4% in the first quarter of 2013   Prime prices across the 29 cities tracked by the index increased by 3.6% in the year to March 2013   Cities in Europe remain the weakest performers, recording a fall of 2.3% on average   Jakarta (up 38.1%) was the strongest performing prime residential market   Tokyo (down 17.9%) was the weakest performing prime residential market in the last 12 months From Knight Frank’s Prime Global Cities Index Q1 2013 
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London Property Continues to Attract Foreign Investors

February brought with it some good news for the UK housing market as house prices saw a national uplift for the first time in nine months. With 14% increase in new buyers registering with estate agents and an 8.7% rise in the number of new homes listed for sale, February saw a growth in activity across the UK housing market.
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African property markets poised for strong growth

London, UK – Demand for high quality commercial and residential property continues to grow across Africa on the back of the continent’s sustained strong economic growth and rising wealth, according to Knight Frank’s newly released Africa Report 2013.
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Europe are going to try and regulate BTL mortgages

  The EU is proposing that in future when you apply for a BTL mortgage, the rent from existing properties cannot be counted toward your income. Europe are going to try and regulate BTL mortgages... if they succeed this would start in 2013 and would mean that Lenders would not take the rental income into consideration when you apply for a BTL mortgage - the same as the European model. It would be based on your income alone. Please look at the website and the link to the e-petition is also below... Please pass this on... I have just signed the e-petition. https://submissions.epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/22767
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Amid uncertain times - Gross mortgage lending is up 13%

Although the negative news coming out of the Eurozone and Europe is impacting on the housing market, the recent figures from the Council of Mortgage Lenders show an increase in lending. Octobers grow mortgage lending was estimated to be £13.1 billion, a 13% increase year-on-year from October 2010. But behind the rosy figures shows the true impact that the uncertain austerity measures are providing, with lending actually down 4% over the month from September. In the market commentary, CML chief economist Bob Pannell observes: "The underlying picture in the housing and mortgage markets has not changed dramatically over recent weeks. The immediate direction of house purchase activity is a little unclear, although the story for remortgages, with strong year-on-year increases in activity this year, is for the time being more straightforward. "With the governments housing strategy and autumn statement due shortly, the housing market, with subdued levels of new build and demand,...
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So will July be your month?

Well thats the first half of 2011 completed! How have you done overall? Have you hit your goals? Were you 100% clear on your goals?? If you were not, and had not written down your goals it’s unlikely you will have achieved what you hoped to. Anyone that is successful in life will have clear goals and a clear idea of what they want to achieve. Whether it is success in sport or business, those that do best will have clear plans, will take decisive action, have self belief and work hard. Look at Rory McIlroy winning the US Open a few weeks ago, smashing records all through the tournament as the youngest winner ever. In the last round he admitted not only did he expect to win he also had his eye on the winning margin of Tiger Woods 15 strokes a few years earlier – now that is great...
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Bank keeps Interest Rates at record low of 0.5%

The Bank of England (BoE) has announced today that it will keep interest rates at 0.5%, the record low that has remained for 27 months now. Economists had expected the decision with recent market data highlighting the continuing concerns over the strength of the UK recrovery. This is on the back of and despite the increase in inflation to 4.5%, up 0.5% from March. In contrast signs from the European Central Bank are that interest rates may rise there next month after being held at 1.25% last Thursday. It is believed that the continuing high inflation rate in the UK will mean it more likely that the BoE will increase rates at some time this year. This is backed by the continued pressure on the MPC  with three members voting for a rise over the last five months. James Knightley, economist at ING stated: "However, with inflation likely to move above...
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Investing in Chinese Property

From a practical point of view, property investing in China is advisable to only be undertaken with a reputable broker or trusted contact with proven experience. Indeed, the ruling Communist party retains a monopoly power over politics, the law and the economy which needs to be well understood.
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Why should I invest in student accommodation?

With more students going to university and college each year and an estimated 2.4 million students in the UK, and a huge shortage of accommodation, there is a huge opportunity to make large, passive income from investing in high quality student accommodation located in cities with prestigious universities.
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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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Rental revolution is on the cusp

Property investors could consider expanding their portfolios now, in order to take advantage of a predicted rise in rental yields. Kensingtons latest survey found last month that nine in ten people living in rental accommodation believe that the housing ladder is impossible to get onto. In addition, 66 per cent that are renting now do not see themselves owning their own home within the next five years. One industry commentator believes that there needs to be a paradigm shift in the housing market, in favour of renting. James Davis, the chief executive of the renting site Upad, said: "Its becoming more financially astute to rent than purchase from an affordability perspective. "We are on the cusp of a revolution within the UK housing market, and we will follow other European countries where renting is the preferred method of tenure." He added that rental yields could go up by ten per cent over...
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Introduction to International Property Investment

Hi there, my name is Maria Davies and I’m delighted to have been approached to write for Just Do Property. Over the coming months, you’ll get to know more about all us writers, but let me start by giving you some of my credentials in property… I purchased my first investment property back in 1990 – half a flat owned jointly with my sister on a 100% mortgage. It was her home, but my half was an investment. At that time, there were no books available on property investing for the common man (or woman), no weekend training courses and no buy-to-let mortgages. In other words, I didn’t really know what I was doing, but it didn’t take long to realise that, even after paying my share of the mortgage, I now had more money coming in than I had before buying the property, so I set about buying more. The...
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