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Are the capital’s empty homes ripe for investment?

It was revealed last week that nearly 25,000 homes in London are being left unoccupied, according to the most recent government data. At Mayor’s Question Time last...

Simple Life develops more than 250 new build homes for rent in Rochdale

Simple Life, the provider of new build homes for the private rented sector, has developed 264 family homes in Rochdale after investing £35m in Greater Manchester. The...

Q&A - are mixed-use schemes the future?

With an increasing number of mixed-use schemes and developments across the country - which typically combine residential, retail, leisure and entertainment facilities, as well as co-working...

One in five landlords plan to buy in the North West

A vast majority of landlords have revealed their acquisition plans for the year ahead, with the North West expected to be the busiest region, according to...

Clive Emson prepares for its largest auction of 2020

Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers is cataloguing a bumper 170 lots for its February 2020 auction – the largest auction since 2018 and the biggest...

Build to Rent – homes soar in regions by over 50% in 2019

The UK is witnessing an influx of American-style purpose-built, professionally managed rental homes, according to the latest research by Savills for the British Property Federation (BPF),...

Income required to rent in parts of England – a 20-year review

The amount of net income required to cover the cost of renting has increased 16.8% in the last two decades to 45.5% nationally – now accounting...

Development update: new homes in Bedfordshire, Bucks and Newcastle

A flourishing SME housebuilder has purchased 15 acres of residential development land in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire.  Storey Homes aims to go head-to-head with large competitors as a...

Could living near a landmark increase the value of your home?

The London Eye, Spinnaker Tower and Warwick Castle – all recognisable UK landmarks with a wealth of history behind them, but does living near some of...

2020: The drive towards more tenant-friendly regulation

The past decade has seen many companies that converge property portfolios, hospitality and travel benefit from an unprecedented pace of growth. Landlords have long been sat at...

Q&A – why Prime Central London is still appealing to investors

On a rainy Thursday at the end of last year – the day of the general election, in fact – Property Investor Today met with Uma...

Residential mortgages remain at historic low

Two, three and five-year fixed rate mortgages have all dropped in cost over the past 12 months, and witnessed some big reductions compared to five years...

Construction begins on new £151m, 30-storey Canary Wharf scheme

Property developer Rockwell started work earlier this week on the construction of its scheme at 82 West India Dock Road, which will include new homes and...

Auction House breaks record in 2019 with over 3,800 lots sold

Auction House recorded its most successful year to date in 2019, selling more than 3,800 lots across the UK from its network of 40 regional sales...

Investors - is it worth buying a property in a flood-prone area?

Britain has faced a challenging winter so far. Flooding has affected most parts of the country, submerging entire villages and forcing people out of their homes...

Women in Property Investment – “believe in what you are building”

Welcome back to Women in Property Investment (or WIPI), where we focus on inspiring women who are making their mark in property investment. This week, we...

Preston insight – why is the city perfect for investors?

Last week we covered the initial works being started on a new luxury development in Preston, redeveloped by Wigan-based property developer The Heaton Group – just...

To infinity and beyond – investing in Merseyside in 2020

Many property pundits have been espousing the benefits of investing in the North West to take advantage of low buy-in costs and high yields. Manchester has...

Development update: new homes in Stafford and Barking

In our latest development round-up, we zone in on projects in Staffordshire and Barking. A Worcestershire-based developer has won planning permission for 2,000 new homes in Staffordshire,...

Caudwell sells French Riviera penthouse for €6 million

British luxury property developer Caudwell has sold another of its penthouses at Parc du Cap in d’Antibes, France. The penthouse has been sold as a turnkey residence...

Insight: what does the crackdown on Airbnb involve?

On Monday, we looked at why landlords and investors were being warned off holidays lettings amid an Airbnb crackdown in Scotland and Bristol. But what does that...

Banish the Brexit blues – the top homebuyer hotspots revealed

The latest research by estate agent comparison site GetAgent has revealed that Falkirk, Bristol and Sale are currently some of the most sought-after areas for UK...

Octopus Real Estate completes refinance of huge Bedfordshire residential site

Octopus Real Estate, working alongside Cardiff-based brokerage Pure Commercial Finance, has completed the £28.3 million refinancing of UK Regeneration’s 970-acre development site in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire. The site...

Should buy-to-let investors look to Nuneaton?

Properties in Nuneaton and Bedworth, Stockport and Leicester show significant potential for capital growth after seeing double-digit house price growth in the last year. That is according...

What does 2020 have in store for the UK property market?

As we enter a new year (and decade), the opening weeks of 2020 are an appropriate time to reflect on the state of the UK economy...

North West investment: work begins on luxury Preston apartments

Initial work is set to begin this month on a new development in Preston, bringing much-needed city centre living space by transforming vacant office buildings. The new Bishopgate...

Landlords – beware of moving to holiday lettings amidst Airbnb crackdown

Proposals for regulatory and financial changes to the status of Airbnb in Scotland and Bristol, aimed at curbing the growth of holiday letting outlets, could impact...

Where is the highest tenant demand for buy-to-let homes?

The hottest UK cities for rental demand have been revealed by new research from rental management platform Howsy. The platform has examined where across the UK is...

First-time buyers – do you know the best areas to buy new?

Despite stretched affordability in most parts of the country, with the average income required for a first-time buyer (FTB) to purchase a home reaching £54,000 last...

The most affordable vs most expensive places to live in the new decade

With January being a popular month for a fresh start, SpareRoom explored the cheapest and most expensive places to rent in London and the UK. Its latest...

New development round-up – from Ealing to Kidderminster

With new developments regularly popping up in all parts of the country, Property Investor Today carries out a quick round-up of the latest on offer to...

Pawfect news: fresh wave of pet-friendly rentals coming to market

A new group of professional landlords plan to introduce pet-friendly rentals in line with the government’s plans to overhaul the model tenancy agreement to make it...

The top buy-to-let property hotspots for 2020 – where can they be found?

New data from AI-powered property investment portal oneandonlypro.com has revealed that the North of England is the best place to nab a buy-to-let bargain in 2020. Bootle,...

BidX1 ends 2019 with total of £52.7 million raised

Digital property marketplace, BidX1, raised £4,980,800 in its December sale, bringing the total 2019 sales figure to £52,734,100 – a sum significantly higher than the £28.3...

Rental market remained frosty throughout December

The UK rental market remained stable in December 2019, according to Goodlord’s Rental Index. Average rents stayed close to levels recorded in November, as the market experienced...

Q&A – what are the differences between UK Build to Rent and US Multifamily?

With Build to Rent the private rented sector’s fastest-growing marketplace, and a major consideration for an increasing number of institutional investors and developers, Property Investor Today...

Will furnished holiday lets spearhead the UK’s green revolution in 2020?

Whether it’s the shocking bushfires currently raging in Australia or the floods in Indonesia, the impacts of climate change are being seen around the globe and...

How are the Bristol and Portsmouth property markets performing?

While Bristol and Portsmouth might seem like two very disparate locations to focus on, NEXA Properties has offices in both – as well as Cardiff –...

Top performing property types of the decade revealed

Terraced homeowners in London have seen the highest price growth of any property type across the whole of England and Wales over the past decade, according...

Bond Wolfe Auctions smashes into 2020 after record-breaking success

New properties are pouring in for Bond Wolfe Auctions’ first auction of the year following a record-breaking success in its first 12 months of trading. Since its...

New scheme for leading co-living developer gets the go-ahead

December saw the green light given to The Collective’s latest scheme, with the co-living developer granted planning permission to transform an unused commercial site on Stratford...

Investors snap up Spanish homes as Alicante development sells out

Property investors have been busy purchasing properties at the La Vila Paradis development on the east coast of Spain. The development, built by Taylor Wimpey España, is...

Q&A - will the built environment ever be completely digital?

To kick off the new year, we conduct a Q&A with Tzvete Doncheva, who looks after the PR and ecosystem building at Round Hill Ventures, a leading European PropTech...

Buy-to-let investment sentiment remains strong as 2020 kicks off

As the property market looks set to recover somewhat in 2020, a new survey has revealed that many people still believe the buy-to-let market represents a...

Insight: most affordable UK commuter towns revealed

With the new year bringing fresh rail fare increases for commuters, online mortgage broker Trussle has revealed the UK’s most affordable commuter towns – which could...

Women in Property Investment – a new face in PropTech innovation

Happy New Year! We hope you enjoyed your festive break and are ready to delve into a prosperous 2020 with yet another inspiring instalment of Women...

What would Everton’s new stadium mean for Goodison Park?

Goodison Park, the home of Everton FC since 1892, is set to be converted into ‘high-quality, affordable housing’ and other uses if the club’s planning application...

Economic growth the top priority for UK real estate sector in 2020

Achieving economic growth was revealed to be the most widely shared ambition for 2020 among residential and commercial property developers, investors and advisers. That is according to...

Sales and rental values in PCL set to rise over the next five years

Prices in Prime Central London (PCL) are predicted to rise by 18% over the next five years, while cumulative rental growth of 10% is forecasted in...

The rise of retirement living - Audley Group announces international expansion

Audley Group, one the UK’s leading providers of luxury retirement villages, has revealed that it has signed a new joint venture agreement with Danish pension company,...

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