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UK buy-to-let property investment hotspots for SA investors

Monday, July 10th, 2017

The buy-to-let market is shifting quickly in England. This multi-billion pound investment class is now following rental yields rather than capital growth as people are forced to rent rather than buy. The resilience in the market is evident as UK investors, post the Brexit referendum and now an ill-timed General Election, "simply get on with life". This is according to Craig Illman from Propwealth, a UK-based property company dealing with South African investors, who says the secret to savvy investing is to "get stuck in when others are nervous" and this is very evident in the UK buy-to-let market. The London property market has levelled off, owing largely to an over-heated environment which started to show signs of weakening during…

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Barclays UK Property Predictor

Friday, June 30th, 2017

The Barclays UK Property Predictor provides a three-to-five year forecast of property hotspots, revealing the areas across the UK where house prices and rental incomes are expected to see the biggest rises. The Property Predictor uses factors including rental trends, employment levels and commuter behaviour as well as current house prices to create an index of future property trends. Based on the findings of the 2017 UK Property Predictor, we expect property prices to rise by 6.1% in the next five years, meaning the average property value would be £300,000 by 2021. While the south of the country is expected to see the largest annual property price increases over the next three to five years, the north is…

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Liverpool hits top spot for BTL rental leads

Friday, June 30th, 2017

New research from Private Finance has revealed that the UK's top BTL hotspot is now Liverpool, delivering landlords average rental yields of 8%, once mortgage costs are taken into account. As housing and mortgage costs have the biggest influence on yield, Liverpool takes the top spot as it has a combination of low average house prices at £122,283 and strong rents at £1,021 per month. Nottingham comes second, with a rental yield of 5.6%, followed by Coventry at 5.4%, then Greater Manchester at 4.3% and Portsmouth at 4.2%. Cardiff, Blackpool, Lincoln are next with rental yields of 3.9% each. Bournemouth and Southampton make up the rest of the top 10 with rental yields of 3.8% and 3.7% respectively. According to the research, which…

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Wirral Waters plan for 'university of the sea' and hundreds of new jobs

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Developer Peel says there has been progress behind the scenes at massive redevelopment site Developer Peel has revealed plans for an industrial park at Wirral Waters that could create hundreds of jobs - and is pushing ahead with plans for a "University of the Sea" and a new creative hub for Wirral. Peel says it wants to create a Marine, Energy and Automotive (MEA) Park, at West Float, inland from the Mersey on the Wirral docks. And it is also planning a £150m cluster of buildings at Four Bridges, including a Maritime Knowledge Hub in the Victorian hydraulic tower and a pop-up style centre for digital and creative firms. While the sister Liverpool Waters scheme across the Mersey has made some visible progress over…

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9 key factors for investing in UK buy-to-let property

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Even on the brink of Brexit, 2017 is proving an interesting year for the UK property market as opportunities abound. The Greater London market has cooled but other regions of the UK have seen an increase in investment interest, according to latest research by Rightmove. This is the word from Anthony Doyle, a director of UK-based property company Propwealth, who says UK property is no longer performing at the same level nationally, as yields have morphed to regional hotspot areas that are being driven by local economies and social upgrades. "The savvy investor is realising this and seems to be focusing on very specific area-driven investments now," he says. here has been a fundamental shift to the northern UK as…

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Rightmove stats put North West as top UK BTL hotspot

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

According to the latest figures from Rightmove, the North West of England is the place investors should be looking to buy in 2017, with near double-digit rental returns, typically available in Merseyside and Lancashire. Bootle in Merseyside currently offers a yield of 9.3%, Birkenhead is 7.5% and in Lancashire Burnley's yield is 7.2%, while Accrington is 7.1%. Research from The Mistoria Group, specialists in high yielding property investment, reveals that Liverpool offers a total yield of 10-13% and tenant demand in student arears surging in the city, up by 14% year on year. Mish Liyanage, Managing Director of The Mistoria Group comments: "Investors need look no further than the North West for great investment opportunities, with yields far exceeding those found in London…

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£100m masterplan to make Bootle the star attraction north of Liverpool

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

Bootle could be transformed almost beyond recognition if an ambitious £100m plan drawn up by Sefton council comes to fruition. The Bootle town centre investment framework includes plans for canal side bars and restaurants in an attempt to make the best use of resources that are already there, and challenge preconceptions about the town. The document features plans to create 150,000 sq ft of new office floorspace and a hotel; 15,000 sq ft of new and converted start up space; a canal lined with bars, restaurants, canoe facilities, a small hotel, and 15,000 sqft of leisure space.There are also plans for an improved Bootle Town Hall complex; expanded higher education options; student accommodation; 80 new homes and apartments; a new healthcare centre…

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Almost half of UK renters are now aged over 46

Tuesday, September 20th, 2016

The latest data from estate agents, Your Move, has revealed that almost half of tenants living in private rental accommodation across the UK are aged over 46, signalling the rise of the 'Silver Renter'. The research involved 36,500 participants, and was commissioned to provide insights into the 4.5 million privately rented households in the UK - a number which is expected to grow to 6 million over the next few years. The research found that 18% of renters were over the age of 55, with another 22% of tenants belonging to the 46-55 age group. Surprisingly, just 39% of those in private rental accommodation were under 35. Of those surveyed, 25% of 18 - 25 year olds claimed they were satisfied with…

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Buy-to-let market 'will remain robust', says Accord

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Accord Buy to Let has announced plans to expand into the consumer buy-to-let and first-time landlord markets over the next few months. The Yorkshire Building Society Group's intermediary-only lender has acknowledged the fact that for many people buy-to-let continues to look an attractive income investment at a time of low saving rates and stock market volatility. Despite the introduction of higher stamp duty purchasing costs, the recent scrapping of the wear and tear allowance, and the pending removal of landlords' mortgage interest tax relief from next year, investors continue to be drawn to the buy-to-let market as the returns routinely outperform those of other investments. Buy-to-let returns continue to beat all other mainstream investments, including commercial property, UK government bonds and…

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More than a quarter of adults resigned to a lifetime of renting

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

Millions of Britons are resigning themselves to the possibility of never owning their own home - with many people left with little alternative but to rent for the rest of their lives. According the study from Aviva UK & Ireland General Insurance, 27% of UK adults in this country believe that they will never be in a position to buy their own property, citing affordability as the main issue preventing them from buying property in their desired area. The study found that homeownership remains a top priority for many people, but for some the decision to rent is not always about finances and more about convenience, with many people opting to rent because of the flexibility it offers. The research, carried out as…

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What Brexit Means for South Africans Investing in Uk Property

Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

Understandably, there has been uncertainty in the UK property market following the 23 June Brexit referendum. However, the fall-out and market turmoil was not as negative as expected. Differing opinions over the future of immigration, direct and indirect investment and long-term economic prospects are still divided. Most see this as a temporarily blip and the ability of the UK to forge its own economic future free from bureaucratic influence. This seems to be the general consensus for the way forward. "Whenever there is a negative, there is a positive," says Craig Illman from Propwealth. "Since the referendum, the property market has already seen this happening, as London-based investors start to look further north for lower prices and higher yields. "The…

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Homeownership at lowest levels since 1986

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

According to new data from think-tank, The Resolution Foundation, homeownership in England has plummeted to levels not seen since 1986 - driven by soaring house prices during times of weaker wage growth and lower supply of new housing. The data revealed that national homeownership had fallen to 63.8% by February this year, from a peak of 70.8% in 2003. The Foundation believes that the widely reported increase in home ownership in 2014 was "likely a blip to correct a sharp fall the year before, rather than a welcome reversal of a long standing trend". Greater Manchester, South and West Yorkshire and the West Midlands Metropolitan area have all experienced double digit falls since their early 2000s peak. Back in 2003, 72% households living in…

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Tenancy length at five year high

Friday, July 29th, 2016

A new report from Imfuna has found that the average length of tenancies in the UK has increased by 300% over the last two years, from 16 months in 2014 to four years in 2016. Government figures show that the average length of residence for private sector tenants is up from three and a half years last year, to a new five-year high. The RLA is continuing to press the government to remove barriers to longer term tenancies, including restrictions imposed on landlords by lenders and by freeholders of leases. However, while longer tenancies may be a good thing for tenants, landlords are out of pocket to the tune of over £5 billion every year because of damage to property and unpaid…

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BTL investment driven North by rising city prices

Wednesday, July 13th, 2016

A recent report reveals that house prices in Britain's biggest 20 cities rose at their fastest pace in 12 years in the first three months of the year, as buy-to-let investors rushed to beat April's stamp duty hike. Annual house price growth across UK Cities reached 10.8% outstripping the 8.7% reported across the rest of the UK. Liverpool, Cardiff and Southampton saw some of the biggest quarterly price rises as property investors looked for cities where it's cheaper to buy. The biggest three-monthly gains were in Liverpool and London, where prices rose by 4.1% between January and March. A home in Liverpool is valued on average at £113,100, while in London it is £468,100. Cardiff saw the second biggest quarterly…

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Brexit has had little effect on UK property supply and demand

Friday, July 8th, 2016

Despite last months shock Brexit decision, supply and demand in the UK property market has remained broadly unchanged - says Nick Leeming of Jackson-Stops & Staff. The latest report from Jackson-Stops & Staff has found that there has been little impact on supply and demand within the UK property market during the immediate aftermath of the Brexit decision - but the estate agency says the full impact of Brexit will become apparent by autumn this year. On the day the Brexit decision was announced, Jackson-Stops & Staff analysed over 750,000 properties for sale in the UK (over 90% of the UK total) which revealed that 41.5% of properties on the market at that point were already under offer. The same analysis undertaken…

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Rents accelerate to highest levels seen this year

Monday, May 30th, 2016

The latest report from Your Move and Reeds Rains has found that rents are accelerating at the fastest pace since last autumn, reaching the highest levels seen so far this year. Average rents for homes to let across England & Wales have now reached £793 per month, as of April 2016 On a month-on-month basis this represents an increase of 0.3% - or the fastest monthly rent rises since September 2015. This leaves rents 2.4% higher than at the same point last year - or an extra £19 every month for the average tenant. A strong acceleration in market rents comes on the back of what was previously a relatively subdued month, when rents saw no change between February and March 2016. Adrian Gill, director…

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Landlord tip: 1 bed flats to achieve biggest capital gains over next 12 months

Monday, May 30th, 2016

A new survey by Amicus Property Finance, has found that professional landlords have tipped the humble one bedroom flat to produce the most attractive capital returns over the course of the next twelve months. The same survey found that over the same period, two bed flats are thought will generate the biggest yields. A quarter (25%) of UK landlords said that one bedroom flats will offer the most attractive capital gains over the next year, closely followed by student accommodation in university towns and cities (24%). One in five (22%) landlords believe two bedroom flats will offer the best opportunities for capital gains while 21% suggested it would be three bedroom flats. Terraced houses were the fifth most popular option…

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Buy-to-let returns top all other asset classes

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

With savers receiving dismal returns from banks and building societies, thousands of people have unsurprising turned to residential property as a means of supplementing their income, supported by record-low mortgage borrowing rates, soaring demand from tenants and increasing rents, as buy-to-let consolidates itself as the investment of choice. Having long provided bumper double-digit returns for investors, investment in buy-to-let continues to outperform all major asset classes, and with population pressures expected to continue to drive demand, rental prices look set to rise further. The latest PPRMI buy-to-let index from Property Partner show that residential property continues to perform strongly as an asset class, with returns on buy-to-let properties continuing to outstrip those from investment in shares, bonds and cash. The…

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How to Invest R1 Million in Uk Buy-to-let Property

Monday, March 14th, 2016

If you had R1 million to invest offshore in UK property how would you do it? It can be a minefield out there as distance-investing needs nerves of steel and focus. Recently, the volatility of the rand has led many people to seek offshore investments, which offer stability and foreign currency returns. The growing population, need for housing and strong property laws in the United Kingdom has allowed many South Africans to enjoy good returns. Experienced South African property investors Anthony Doyle and Craig Illman, both directors of UK based Propwealth, sought out high yielding property investments in Britain over 6 years ago, in the height of the credit crunch. "It took us nearly 2 years to locate the right…

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What does 2016 hold for the property market?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

Now that we have entered 2016, we are able to look back on 2015 and see how the market has changed and analyse how rising trends have had an impact over the course of the past 12 months. The UK economy has strengthened, house prices have risen, rental demand has increased and new property hotspots have emerged. Quite a lot can change in just one year and this is why it's vital that property investors continue to keep their eyes on the market as we plough through 2016. Last year was an important year for buy to let and new rules and government changes have kept us on our toes. Here we'll take a look at some of our predictions for the…

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