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Findings suggest better returns for corporate landlords over private ones

A new index to help Britain’s private landlords and investors ‘benchmark the performance of their residential property investments’ has been created by property investment specialists BondMason. It...

The best and worst places for property affordability and clean living revealed

Areas in the UK with an excellent air quality rating of over 80 were home to an average house price of just £185,808, according to OkayLah.co.uk. The...

Surge in staycations offering more opportunities for holiday let investors

The weak pound and uncertainty surrounding Brexit has prompted two-thirds of Brits to take a staycation, up from 56% in 2017, according to fresh research from...

The most affordable rents in Great Britain revealed

An in-depth analysis from Zoopla has reported the trends in the affordability of private renting across the UK since 2007. The study is focused on working households...

Cheeky Nando's? Importance of food delivery to home-movers revealed

New research carried out by takeaway delivery giant Deliveroo has revealed that nearly four out of five Brits believe it’s important to have ‘top-notch’ food delivery...

Holiday lettings set to benefit from ongoing Brexit uncertainty

A Brexit-inspired holiday letting boom is expected to hit the South West this year, according to local holiday letting agency Bournecoast. The agency predicts there will be...

Average price of detached property in UK rises more than £125,000

The popularity of detached living has seen the average price of this property type rising by more than £125,000 in the past 10 years, according to...

Salisbury voted as Britain’s best place to live

In a boost to a city still recovering from the scars of the Novichok poisoning scandal, Salisbury has been named as the best place to live...

GuestReady acquires Airbnb management company BnbLord

Global short-term rental company GuestReady has acquired BnbLord, the largest Airbnb management company in France, to form the GuestReady Group. The combined company will manage more than...

Crest Nicholson and M&G Real Estate extend PRS partnership

Crest Nicholson and M&G Real Estate have partnered for the fifth time to fund the construction of a second phase of private rented sector (PRS) properties...

Zoopla reveals London's most popular rental area

The E14 postcode area, which is home to Canary Wharf and the Isle of Dogs, is the capital’s most searched for rental location, according to research...

Landlord action to avoid high tax costs could reduce BTL transactions

Landlord action to reduce higher tax costs could lead to a lower level of buy-to-let mortgage transactions going forward. That is according to Paragon’s latest PRS Trends...

Brexit chaos pushes the number of Chinese buyers down

The current uncertainty being caused by Brexit has had a clear impact on the number of Chinese residential acquisitions in the UK, according to Juwai.com. The website,...

Property Partner witnesses solid returns averaging 7.2% annually since launch

Property Partner has announced its performance statistics since launch, and also over the last twelve months. According to the latest RICS valuations, the property investment platform noted...

Auction House sees record results for Q1 2019

Regional property auctioneer Auction House has delivered its best ever first quarter sales in its 12-year history. The group sold 762 lots between January and March 2019...

Research suggests property investors could earn returns of more than 20%

New research has revealed that property investors can more than double the 8% yield the average landlord aims for by making effective use of data. Investment portal...

Nine out of 10 new-build homes in the UK have defects

More than nine out of 10 new-build homes in the UK have defects and almost 40% fail to meet their original deadline, a survey by the...

Lavish London mansion up for raffle for just £13.50

A north London couple are raffling their Grade II listed sprawling English estate, worth a whopping £5.25 million, for just £13.50, with bitcoin payments also accepted. Located...

X Factor style competition for property investors is launched

A number of property investors are in competition to be the first to generate £1 million by the end of 2019. The contest is being organised by...

Allsop defies Brexit blues with £57 million achieved at residential sale

Allsop’s latest residential auction achieved a total of £57 million, with 258 lots offered and 192 lots sold. The auction was held at the InterContinental London Park...

London leads the way as one of Europe's hottest rental cities

An AI-led room rental platform has identified Europe's 'coolest rental neighbourhoods', with London continuing to be one of the continent's largest and most popular rental markets...

Most homeowners have spent money on home improvements

The vast majority (98%) of homeowners have made improvements to their properties over the last five years, spending a total of £48 billion, according to a study...

Townhouses dominate as demand for prime property remains strong

Townhouses have recently outperformed all other property types in the prime country house market, according to Knight Frank's latest Index. The agency's Prime Country House Index, which...

Landlords in Scotland now face higher tax bills than landlords in England

Scottish landlords now face higher tax bills than their English counterparts, according to leading accountants French Duncan LLP. This is due to the reduction of tax benefits...

UK rental market - how does it compare with the rest of Europe?

Even though the government has tried to make life better for renters, the UK is still a long way from being a renter’s paradise.  That said, it’s...

More landlords turning to accountants for assistance

New research has suggested that more than half (58%) of landlords are involving accountants when making key property decisions. Kent Reliance for Intermediaries, carried out the research...

Rent costs rise as landlords continue exiting the market

The number of landlords exiting the market rose in February, while the number of tenants seeing rent rises increased to the highest figure since August 2018. ARLA...

Why is the UK private rental sector set to dominate by 2025?

Investment in the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) will soar to £75 Billion by 2025, with an additional 560,000 households expected to be in private rented...

Two events for prospective holiday let landlords this spring

Boutique lettings agency Mulberry Cottages has announced two new events this spring for those considering letting their property out as a holiday home. This follows the...

Another Build to Rent scheme for Legal & General – this time in trendy Brighton

Brighton is the latest major destination to join the Build to Rent revolution, with over 200 new homes for renters set to be built right by...

True ambitions of property investors in 2019 revealed

Some 39% of UK landlords and investors are planning to increase the size of their portfolio over the next 12 months, compared to 11% who intend...

MGM French Properties witnesses record-breaking start to 2019

MGM French Properties has reported its busiest and most successful start to the year to date, with increased activity in the first quarter resulting in 50%...

Lettings market hits the buffers in February after strong start to the year

The UK lettings market experienced a slowdown in February after a buoyant start to the year, according to the latest findings from the Agency Express Property...

The outlook brightens for Portugal’s property market

Although Portugal’s property market saw a slowdown towards the end of 2018, a recent housing market survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and...

Brexit effect has forced one in three home moves since 2016

A third of homeowners who have moved house since the referendum in June 2016 say Brexit was behind their decision to move, according to online mortgage...

The best buy-to-let investment postcodes revealed

Recent research by London sales and letting agent Benham and Reeves has highlighted which areas across London and the UK offer the best buy-to-let yields. It used...

Brexit could be good news for holiday lets, says broker

Brexit uncertainty could lead to more Britons holidaying in the UK, strengthening demand for holiday let rental homes. That is according to specialist buy-to-let mortgage broker Commercial...

Increasing numbers of landlords switch to limited company status to buy

Landlords with bigger portfolios are switching to using limited company status for new purchases, according to research carried out by specialist lender Precise Mortgages. Some 64% of...

FUTURE: PropTech features range of female speakers

FUTURE: PropTech has announced its roster of speakers, with the gender split being exactly 50%. The event is taking place at the Business Design Centre in London...

Liverpool landlords could achieve short-term yields of 30%

Airbnb hosts and landlords of short-term let properties in Walton, Liverpool are achieving the best yields of any location in the North West’s two largest cities...

East London dominates rental growth table while West London dwindles

Renters in East London are seeing twice the growth of their West London counterparts, according to the latest Landbay Rental Index, powered by MIAC. The lending platform’s...

Factory building 2,000 new homes a year opens in Ellesmere Port

A smart home developer has opened a new factory capable of producing 2,000 houses a year. Project Etopia’s facility – a 50,000 sq ft factory in Ellesmere...

Average age of people buying BTL property falls significantly

The average age of people buying investment property has fallen by more than three and half years in the past nine months, new analysis from yieldit...

City Room Rentals launches The Student Accommodation podcast

An industry first ‘Student Accommodation’ podcast was released last week by City Room Rentals, a leading online marketplace for student housing. The first few episodes featured Stewart...

Spring bounce dampened by Brexit uncertainty, says Rightmove

In some parts of the country the typically busy spring market is on hold, weighed down by Brexit uncertainty, according to the latest findings from Rightmove. The...

HMRC is targeting ‘accidental landlords’, new data finds

HMRC’s ‘Let Property Campaign’ has led to disclosures from less than 3% of eligible landlords, new data acquired by accountancy firm Saffery Champness has revealed. The data...

Soon-to-launch online platform pays tenants to find their replacements

A new landlord management platform which pays tenants to find replacements is launching soon. Online lettings community Mashroom is aiming to change the way tenants find their...

London’s biggest event for first-time buyers returns to the capital

The London Home Show is returning to the capital for the sixth year running on Saturday 23 March. The event is one of London’s largest events for...

Too good to be true? The truth about property development training

Property Investor Today recently spoke with Alex Cook, Litigation Solicitor and Partner at Helix Law to discuss the rise of property development mentoring and how to...

New Sheffield development to be funded by crowdfunding platform

The funding launch of an ‘exciting new development’ in the Castlegate area of Sheffield was recently announced by Leeds-based property investment firm UOWN. Forming part of a...

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