Considering Investing In Property In 2017? The Top 3 Things To Remember

Property was hit hard for investors in 2016, not just by the gloomy shadow of Brexit but by the changes made to the stamp duty tax in the spring. The new legislation added an extra three per cent to the stamp duty bills of those buying a second property from April 1st 2016. This has meant investors buying freehold properties in London at around £530,000 will not have to pay a massive £32,400 in stamp duty alone. The Government’s reason behind practically doubling Stamp Duty tax is that they are trying to make cheaper homes more accessible for first-time buyers rather than just investors and landlords. To work out where this leaves you as an investor, it’s best speaking with a professional such as Jason Harris at First Urban who will be able to advise you on your individual situation. It isn’t all bad news - 2016 saw properties reach...
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Care Home Investment for Beginners

Alternative property investments are, almost conversely, becoming very popular. Their strong performance, driven by positive underlying market forces and portfolio diversification value make them attractive prospects for investors. Care homes are one of the key alternative assets that are investors are currently attractive and, in many cases, successful for investors. About Care Home Investment While care homes are not exactly something new, investing in care home units has only come to exist with any kind of prominence quite recently. The principal, however, is pretty straightforward and essentially similar to buying an apartment in a complex, or to purchasing other popular alternative assets such as student units. Investors purchase a single unit within the home, and benefit from returns when that unit is let to a tenant just as they would with any other property. As it is part of a larger, working care home the investment will usually be fully-managed,...
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International Property Investors selling up after Brexit

  With investors from overseas contemplating the full effects of the decision recently taken to leave the EU, we are seeing massive outflows of investment from overseas speculators holding property based assets in the UK. With the pound sitting not so pretty around 1.17 to the euro, the impact of Brexit has been immediate. The UK has always been an attraction for property investors all over the world from China to Abu Dhabi. Property investors have always had a romance with own prime property in areas such as London, Manchester and Birmingham. With the UK decidedly leaving the European Union, those investors are concerned and rightly so. Though dropping prime assets so soon may be seen to be premature as the UK has yet to negotiate trade deals and the final makeup of Brexit for better or worse is yet to be seen. Most commonplace is that when a currency...
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Commercial property market in Cardiff is proving to be an attractive prospect for all

  Cardiff is continuing to grow as a city and when it comes to commercial property it is grabbing the attention of investors, developers and occupiers. Cardiff is fast becoming one of the main business centres in the UK and this has been proven by the decision for Legal & General to commit to the Central Square Scheme in the city centre which comes with a value of £400 million. Developers Speculating Developers such as JR Smart and Rightacres property had invested in the city at the right time in both the Capital Quarter and Central Square schemes and it seems as though they will be rewarded for this gamble. A large amount of space in both developments has already been taken which his excellent news for the city but it could lead to a short supply of first class accommodation although this will only last until the next phase...
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This Week in Property podcast with Julie

I was delighted to be interviewed recently by the lovely Billy Farrell and Paul McFadden. They run the "This week in property"  and "The Better Business Show' podcasts. It was a real pleasure to talk to Billy and Paul as I've known them for a long time.  The highlights that Billy and Paul have referenced are: Highlights from 014: Julie Hanson Interview, Just Do Property Julie’s story of stumbling from personal development into network marketing into property…   Why Julie would have gotten involved sooner, and why others should heed the same advice…   Why Julie and Alec launched JustDoProperty.co.uk, after seeing what was missing to support new investors…   Why Julie believes now is the time for educated investors to take advantage of market shifts and clean up…   The two most important elements to property success…   Julie’s views on what’s going on in the world of property today,...
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Near term price expectations reach 20 month high

RICS have just released their UK Residential Survey for December 2015. Here are the key facts: Buyer demand growth picked up due to the unseasonably mild weather.  This in fact boosted activity. New instructions increased for the first time since January 2015. Price momentum remains firm Strong Growth The survey shows strong price growth to the end of the year, with 50% of respondents reporting that prices have risen. East Anglia and the South East are showing the strongest price growth but all parts of the UK are reported to shown some growth. Buyers enquiries are rising at a faster pace than new instructions, thus giving a demand/supply imbalance. Stamp Duty Increase There is a view that this increased demand was due to buy to let investors trying to complete their transactions before the new tier of stamp duty is introduced in April 2016. New instructions to sell edged up slightly...
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Mark Carney: Interest rates to stay low

Amid slowing UK growth and a weak world economy. Bank of England governor Mark Carney has said policymakers are in no rush to raise interest rates. He said "now is not yet the time" to hike rates from their historic low of 0.5% following turmoil in financial markets as oil prices have plunged and China's economic slowdown has spooked investors. Mr Carney delivered a speech at Queen Mary University of London, He said a rise in UK rates will "depend on economic prospects, not the calendar". “The year has turned and, in my view, the decision proved straightforward: now is not yet the time to raise interest rates,” he said. “The world is weaker and UK growth has slowed.” "That means we'll do the right thing at the right time on rates," he said. Mike Coady, Managing Director of deVere Mortgages, observes: “The collapse of oil prices, weak economic performance in...
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What can we expect for the property market in 2016?

  It’s always good to have a diverse portfolio, so perhaps it is worth looking at other investment opportunities as well as property.  This article will also discuss the economic factors impacting the property market. Stock market It’s important to have a serious understanding of the stock market before you get involved. The price of oil which clearly impacts many of the largest multinationals and some of the old favourites e.g. BP and Royal Dutch Shell, has dropped to 11 year lows, and was an incredible 46% down in 2015. It has gone from an incredible $116 a barrel, to around $34 a barrel and it would take a brave individual to predict that price will rise in 2016 with supply continuing to come onto the market from all sides of the globe e.g. Iran, Russia, Middle East, USA. The FTSE 100  This started the year at 6560 and ended the year at 6242, with...
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Are you looking to maximise your own portfolio?

Don’t have your own property but want to get into the property business? Have you allocated all your funds elsewhere but still want to make an income from property? If you answered yes to some or all of these questions – then you need to attend the live LHA and Rent 2 Rent – made simple webinar on Wednesday 16th September 2015 at 7pm. JOIN THE WEBINAR HERE This NO COST webinar is going to be hosted by us and presented by Mike Frisby.  Here is some information from Mike about Social Housing and rent to rent. I have long been considered an expert in the social housing market, where I uplift rents within my personal portfolio by about 33 – 90% AND Ive been running a successful rent 2 rent business now for 5/6 years. If you know or have met/heard of me, you will find, I’m an avid networker...
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The "Next BiG Thing" (property investors take note!)

I was on the phone earlier this week with Daniel Wagner (we met through one of the big London property conference’s a year ago) Im so excited by what hes told me: Daniels been teaching a group of VIPs at the UK’s biggest property training company how to build a deposit (as in £15k - £20k’s worth of cash) by posting product listings on Amazon for small, everyday items that make £10 - £20 profit PER SALE... I know that sounds STUPIDLY simple but he’s got no problem backing up the claim with proof. Daniel forwarded me this iPhone screenshot message from just one of the property investors he’s recently taught: Isn’t that crazy?? Quick, regular lumps of cash by posting listings on Amazon. It’s working so well because the marketplace on Amazon is VAST and no-one else in the UK knows how this works - No, nothing to do...
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Multi-Unit freehold blocks create a 9.3% rental yield

According to a recent press article; sectioning a family home into a bedsit or house of multiple occupation is not the biggest earner in buy-to-let as many are led to believe
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House Purchase Lending up 33%

The Council of Mortgage Lenders reported that house purchase lending was up 33% in July, compared to last year. It also showed that lending is predominantly for house purchase rather than remortgage.
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Place Invaders

London Live, the new 24/7 entertainment channel for London has commissioned 20x60 factual entertainment series, called Place Invaders a show that reflects London’s exciting and diverse property market. Produced by Ricochet, Place Invaders’ showcases some of the capital’s luxurious multi-million pound properties, provides insight into the reality of renting and uncovers smart ways to live in the metropolis for less. Throughout the series Radio 1 and 1xtra DJ, hip hop artist and property developer Charlie Sloth will bring both his expert knowledge and entertaining wit to exploring high-end living. Showcasing 40 multi-million properties ranging from £1 million to £37 million, Charlie will unveil London’s swankiest designer homes, innovative interiors and most desired gadgets for the home, but can he correctly guess the market value of each one? Featuring top tips and property market insight from a range of experts, estate agents, and developers, Place Invaders reveals what life is really...
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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 Buy to Let Process for First-Time Investors

If you have never invested in property before but you’re interested in the process and would like to learn more; now’s your chance. When it comes to finding the right property, financing the investment and finding good tenants, there’s a lot to learn, but if you’re passionate about property and you’re dedicated to your investment, you should be able to learn everything you need to learn in not too long of a time, and then you can begin your journey into your first investment. So, without further ado, here’s a comprehensive guide to buy to let for first-time investors.
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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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The Dos and Donts of Applying for an Extension

Many property investors purchase properties with the expressed intention of doing them up to sell on. A big part of the ‘fixer-upper’ process is determining whether or not it’s possible – and affordable – to increase the size of the home. This can be achieved in one of two ways; by adding an extension, or by converting existing space such as a loft.
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Multiple Streams of Property Income Event

Click here for full information  The Event at A Glance by Rob Moore I want You to be one of the inner circle of savvy UK Property Investors to receive the benefit of a training event that myself, my business partner Mark Homer, and our 30+ strong team have been building up towards for the last five years! It’s the ONLY event of its kind in the UK where multiple streams of property income are revealed in a full-on 3 day networking & training intensive. When you join us you’ll experience: The 6 Property Income Streams taught in detail (DP, LOIC, SHMO, PBI, PTI, SL) How to Make Many of the Income Streams, Both Passive & Hands-off How to Create both Long-Term Sustainable Wealth & Super-Fast Income (in 1 Month or Less) Easy Systems & Models for Leveraging & Outsourcing Most of the Work yet Earn Virtually all of the...
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Simon Zutshis Property Mastermind Programme

You can achieve more in just one year than most property investors achieve in a decade, with the Property Mastermind Programme! Click here for more information First launched in April 2007 the Property Mastermind Programme has become the UK’s leading community of ethical property investors, making money through property, whilst helping people to solve their property related problems. It is a comprehensive 12-month programme, designed to help you become a professional property investor with the initial goal of you accumulating an extra £1,000,000 of property and gaining a £50,000 income. This is not to be confused with some get rich quick scheme. You will need to invest some time and effort to achieve this goal and following our tried, tested and proven step by step strategies, it is very possible for you to achieve, and even smash this goal as many investors just like you have already done. Why learn...
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Mortgage Broker update

Mitchell Mann, our resident Mortgage Broker gives his views on the housing market.
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