Beating the Buy-to-Let Tax Hikes

  George Osbornes most recent budget was bleak news for many landlords. New rules, to be phased in between 2017 and 2020, stand to cut gross returns on buy-to-let properties by almost 11% and could leave many investors with loss-making investments. Tax relief on investment mortgages has been dramatically cut for higher rate taxpayers, limited to 20% of interest. According to London & Country Mortgages, this would turn a £160,000 property with a £120,000 loan from a £612-a-year profit maker to a loss maker of £588 annually. However, there are several quite legal steps that landlords can take to reduce their tax liability under the new rules, reducing or evading the impact of the changes. These include: Sharing Couples Personal Allowances It may be possible for couples to share their personal allowances to some extent in order to reduce tax liability. If you are making money on a buy-to-let investment...
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Should UK House Buyers Take Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rates, Or Wait?

Whether you are thinking about buying your first home in the UK or you are planning to expand or downsize, it is to your advantage that you take a closer look at the current market conditions. Interest rates on home mortgages in the UK are at historically low levels and normally you may be wondering how long the interest rates will stay this low or if they will go even lower in the near future.
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Free tickets to the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show – an exciting event now for both self-builders and remodelers Harrogate International Centre, 7-9 November 2014.
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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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Buying property in Turkey

Some investors want to start off with buying properties close to home and some like to buy internationally. This all depends on the investor’s strategy and personal requirements. They may have a personal interest in having a holiday home abroad and of course making money at the same time is a good bonus.
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Knight Franks reaction to the Autumn Statement

  Capital Gain Tax – the current exemption from CGT for non-UK resident owners of residential properties will be removed. Liam Bailey, Head of Knight Frank Global Research, comments… Tax is not the primary driver for the majority of international buyers of residential property in London. We anticipate that the removal of the CGT exemption for non-resident purchasers will have only a marginal impact on demand and pricing. It is important to note that the change to CGT rules brings the UK in line with other key investor markets, such as New York and Paris where equivalent taxes can approach 35% - 50% depending on the owner’s residency status. As we noted in our recent report on International Buyers in London, while non-resident purchasers account for 28% of central London property purchases, their share of the wider Greater London market is far smaller at around 12% of all new-build property...
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(Videos) How to invest in property using none of your own money

Our friends John Lee and Vincent Wong (Wealth Dragons), Best selling authors, International speakers sharing the stages with Richard Branson, Alan Sugar and Bill Clinton have created the long-awaited Property Millionaire Quickstart online programme which is finally here!  In this programme you will learn how to invest in property using none of your own money and create a passive income from it. For that reason, they have decided do something really special for you.  This programme is retailed at £497 + VAT but they are willing to give you complimentary access for a very limited time.  Follow this link here . The course looks absolutely fantastic.  They are giving you complimentary access to these 4 videos for a short time only. Video 1 - How To Acquire Houses With No Mortgage and No Deposit in Today’s Market   Video 2 - 31 ways to find cheap houses   Video 3 - How to Make £20,000...
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Free tickets to Home Improvement Show

Just Do Property have negotiated 25 free tickets for The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show Harrogate International Centre, 1-3 November 2013.
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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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Why not become a property educator yourself?

In a post-credit crunch, post-recession world, property has fallen out of favour for many people and they have forgotten what a great investment it can be. Seize this opportunity to educate them about how things are now, and how they can capitalise on that. It might be that up until now, you’ve only thought about investing in property, but there is a great deal of money to be made in educating others in how to do that. With an increase in house prices of 6% to June this year (Halifax) and a predicted recovery in the economy over the next two years (PriceWaterhouseCoopers) now is the time to start educating people in how they can make money in the property niche. If you are not already speaking about property, what’s stopping you? If you already use speaking as part of your marketing mix, are you seeing good conversions from it?...
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Free tickets to The National Home Improvement Show 27-29 September

Just Do Property have negotiated with the organisers of the National Home Improvement Show and have 20 sets of free tickets to give away.
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In which city are you likely to get the most for your money?

  Investing in a property is a huge step and it is only made more difficult by the uncertainty in the housing market caused by the recession. The UK property market has been steadily recovering leading to an increase in the asking price of many homes for sale. In order to get the most for your money, we take a look at the regional differences in property prices to see which cities have the most to offer when it comes to investing in property. The Least Affordable Places in the UK London house prices are shooting up due to international demand. In fact, the ten worst places to buy a home are situated in London meaning that many are choosing to buy property in other UK areas and commute to work. Salisbury, Brighton, St Albans, Exeter and Bath were among the cities names as being some of the worst places...
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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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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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Pros and cons of commercial office space in Southwark

Looking for some new office space for your business? If you are, chances are that London is among the places youre considering. Should that be the case, its worth investigating the advantages of different areas of the capital, such as Southwark, before making a final decision.
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The Luxury Property Show

The Luxury Property Show - 30th and 31st October 2012 Set within the stunning grounds of The Hurlingham Club, The Luxury Property Show offers guests a unique opportunity to view and buy some of the most luxurious properties on the international market.
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Can You Afford To Move Abroad?

There are pros and cons to living overseas or in the UK and one of the fundamental aspects which needs to be considered are the finances involved. Moving abroad is a big decision to make and it isn’t a choice which should be taken lightly.
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How to choose a moving company

Let’s face it, moving house is always stressful. Packing up all your belongings, taking apart all the furniture, getting it out of the house and into a van, only to repeat the process in reverse when you get to your new place is an enormous amount of work. And you often have to do it all in one day. Unless you have only very little furniture to move (and a big surplus of friends willing to help) hiring a professional moving company is well worth your money.
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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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