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‘Staycation’ boom offering opportunities for holiday let investors

Landlords and property investors are taking notice of a growing trend of the Great British ‘staycation’, with a number of them looking to rent out holiday properties on a short-term basis. On the back of good weather last year – England and Wales had the warmest spring since records began in 1659 – the number of domestic trips increased by an estimated 4.7% to 58.5 million, according to new research, while expenditure is estimated to have risen by 6.2% to £14.1 billion. Fergal McGivney, senior travel analyst at Mintel, which produced the British Lifestyles report, has predicted a “slight reduction in the growth of overseas trips as some consumers opt for staycations” this year, because of the subdued growth in wages and continued Brexit uncertainty. Meanwhile, tourism chiefs at ABTA have reported that the Norfolk Broads, the West Country and the Cotswolds are proving to be popular destinations for domestic...
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‘Some say buy-to-let is dead – but my portfolio is built on strong foundations’

It’s been a tough few years for buy-to-let property investors. The latest wave of cuts to tax relief on landlords’ mortgage interest was ushered in this month and reports have been rife that landlords are exiting the buy-to-let sector in their droves. However, many believe the death of buy-to-let has been greatly exaggerated. Article provided by our finance expert - Together Money.  If you need any help with Commerical Funding, Bridging Finance or Development Finance please request more details here.  Analysis by research consultancy BDRC on behalf of specialist buy-to-let mortgage lender Together, revealed profitability remains high, with 86 per cent of landlords surveyed saying they were making money, while the average yield remained stable at 5.9 per cent. “We have seen a raft of changes over the past few years but, what is obvious is that there’s a continuing demand for buy-to-let investors looking to make gains in the long-term,”...
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Will your retirement plans withstand Brexit fears?

With the full force of Brexit yet to be felt, those who are saving for retirement need to be wary of the potential impact on their plans. While markets have remained resilient following the initial shock of the Brexit vote, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned that the impact of the decision to exit the European Union has continued to weigh heavily on the wider economy. “The employment rate has remained around record highs, but the sharp depreciation of sterling following the referendum pushed up consumer price inflation, squeezing household real income and consumption,” it said, having downgraded its growth forecasts for the UK earlier last year. The IMF’s report comes after the Bank of England warned that Brexit was having a “noticeable impact” on the economic outlook and that the UK’s split from the European Union will probably hamper productivity and slow growth. “Brexit-related constraints on investment and...
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What can Property Investors expect in the new financial year?

Richard Hamilton – Head of Property at Davis Blank Furniss – talks about what property investors can expect in the new financial year: Richard, how are things looking in the marketplace right now? Well, the new financial year has just begun so time will tell if doom and gloom or concern will return to the property sector thanks to Brexit and the much talked about interest rate rises or if the market remains positive with returns to be made. I feel pretty confident though! What’s your view on prices? Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the economic effect it will have, property prices have remained resilient. 2017 was a year of growth in property values. Looking at various mortgage lender’s statistics, in 2017 a typical home grew by an average of just over £7,000, based on an average price of £220,000. The common belief for 2018 is that growth nationally...
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What Have The Recent Tax Hikes Cost The Average Landlord?

At the beginning of the tax year of 2016-17 then Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne implemented a 3% hike in stamp duty on houses which are not main residences. A tax mainly effecting landlords which has reportedly raked in over £1.4 Billion, more than double what was expected. Couple this taxation with rising mortgage rates as well as new restrictions on the interest tax relief on them, this is bad news for the net profit of those who buy-to-let. Jeff Djevdet, Director of a ‘we buy any house’ company explores what this means for the average landlord. Firstly, let’s take stock of some of the facts and figures that factor in to what this will be costing those who buy-to-let; According to the Office for National Statistics, the cost of the average property sold in 2016 was around £220,000; up around 50% from the low point of the housing price...
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