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Decision to scrap Severn Bridge toll leads to property price boom in South Wales

There has been a dramatic rise in property prices in south east Wales since last year’s announcement that the Severn Bridge toll would be scrapped, research...

Property guardian firms launch first trade association

The first trade association for property guardian firms – designed to lead on safety and standards, promote and represent the industry and foster best practice –...

New £2 billion property investment portfolio launched by government department

A new £2 billion property investment portfolio was this week launched by the Department for International Trade. It’s hoped the £2 billion worth of investment opportunities will...

More house sales fall through amidst slowing property market

There has been an increase in the number of house sales falling through before completion, according to Quick Move Now. Figures released by the independent home buyer...

British demand for Spanish property increasing, despite Brexit fears

You might think that Spain has always been a popular destination for property investors, but has Brexit meant that the Brits are now choosing to stay...

Average price of leasehold houses rises considerably faster than freeholds

Property investment platform British Pearl has revealed that ‘ruthless’ developers are cashing in on ‘abusive’ leasehold homes, with prices surging 16 times faster than freeholds ahead...

Brexit causing concern among landlords despite steady rental growth

Brexit concerns continue to loom large for landlords despite average UK rental values growing steadily over the last month. That’s according to the latest findings from...

Research reveals gulf between cost of building a house and its market value

There is a huge gulf between the cost of building a house and its market value, according to new analysis from Direct Line SELECT Premier Insurance. The...

Nearly half of UK landlords in BTL are ‘Pension Pot’ landlords

Recent research from Your Move has revealed that nearly half of all UK buy-to-let landlords are ‘Pension Pot’ landlords. ‘Pension Pot’ landlords – according to Your Move’s...

Price cutting hits 7-year high as demand in the market drops

Reduced demand in the market has led to price-cutting becoming the new norm, according to home.co.uk. Its ‘October Asking Price Index’ recorded the East of England as...

Seaside town revealed as the UK’s top buy-to-let destination

Southend-on-Sea is the UK’s number one buy-to-let hotspot, according to research carried out by independent mortgage broker Private Finance. The seaside town, which offers average rental yields...

Joint report suggests activity in lettings market is robust, but rental supply falls

A joint report by Reapit and Dataloft has revealed that the letting market is witnessing significant activity, with viewings up 13.3% year-on-year and lease signings up...

Clive Emson records highest number of lots

Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers has seen a record 180 lots listed for its autumn sale. The seventh of eight sales taking place across five days...

Are you ready for The France Show?

The annual celebration of all things French, The France Show, returns to London Olympia on 25th-27th January 2019. Now in its twelfth year, the event is the...

Allsop releases October residential auction catalogue

Allsop’s next residential auction will see more than 280 lots auctioned in London. The catalogue, which is now live, features 24 lots being offered on behalf of...

Ireland still Europe’s number one buy-to-let hotspot

Ireland has retained its position as Europe’s most attractive destination for buy-to-let investors for the third year in a row, according to research by WorldFirst. In the...

Edinburgh market overperforms while Scotland improves

Edinburgh has seen price growth of 1.9% across Q3 2018, while prices in Scotland rose by 0.7% in the same period, according to Knight Frank reports. Its...

Britain’s ‘unluckiest’ building goes up for auction

A property in Swansea ‘beset with bad’ luck from the start is going under the hammer in London at the end of this month. Dunbar House, situated...

How badly has Brexit and the recession affected Prime Central London?

The owners of some of London's most affluent homes have faced a number of challenges since the market crashed in 2007, when property prices across the...

Auction House records highest number of entries to date

Auction House has reported the highest number of monthly entries for the first time in its eleven-year history. Its October catalogues have already recorded 810 properties, making...

Knight Frank dominates student accommodation sector

Knight Frank remains top of the student market after a 33% increase in its visibility over the past year, according to a new report. The annual ‘Student...

Supply of new homes rose significantly in September, research finds

The property market was given an early autumn supply boost, according to the latest Property Supply Index put together by online estate agents Housesimple.com. The Index found...

Revealed: how much the nation’s favourite fictional TV homes would be worth

A comprehensive property guide offering realistic market values for some of the best-known fictional homes has been created by quick house sale site Good Move. By using...

Indian cities dominate Knight Frank Index

The average value of a property in 150 cities worldwide increased by 4.3% in the year to June 2018, according to data by Knight Frank. Its ‘Global...

Investor tips – letting to student tenants

Being a student landlord can be very lucrative, especially if you choose a densely populated investment location. Student properties are always in high demand and rental...

Theresa May announces plans for stamp duty levy on overseas buyers

Theresa May kicked off the Conservative Party conference – which is taking place in Birmingham this week – by outlining plans for a new stamp duty...

London house prices set to stabilise by end of 2020

The decline in the value of properties in the capital could potentially come to a halt as early as autumn 2020. The latest analysis by Home.co.uk suggests...

UK property market spikes in September after traditional summer slowdown

The latest data from the Agency Express Property Activity Index revealed a healthy increase in housing activity during September following the traditional summer slowdown across the...

Landlords are increasing rents to compensate for interest rate rise

Government measures are among the top causes for landlords increasing rents, according to research from Property Partner. The government is increasing its efforts to safeguard tenants, including...

Erna Low Property launches new developments in French Alps

Erna Low Property has launched new developments in three French Alps ski resorts, all of which are in small villages part of huge ski areas. The resorts...

Summer in the Swiss Alps – what is attracting investors?

Property Investor Today was recently invited to ski resort Andermatt Swiss Alps, located in the heart of Switzerland’s world-renowned mountainous region, to get the lowdown on...

Rents rise rapidly in areas surrounding Elizabeth Line stations

New research has revealed that average rental growth around the stations of the Elizabeth Line (excluding zone 1) has been more than double the London average...

Importance of Section 21 changes outlined by ARLA Propertymark

ARLA Propertymark has outlined advice to landlords and letting agents on the changes to Section 21 notices, coming into force from October. On October 1 2018, changes...

Income required to buy a home rises by almost a quarter since 2015

The minimum income first-time buyers require to purchase a home in the UK has rocketed by 18% in the past three years, according to Hometrack. Recent figures...

Zoopla’s 2018 Rich List reveals Britain’s most expensive streets

Kensington Palace Gardens (W8) holds the title for the priciest road in Britain, according to Zoopla’s 2018 ‘Rich List’. The property website’s list of the costliest streets...

It’s official! No more £100,000 properties for sale in London

The death of the £100,000 property in London is now official, with research revealing that there are now no properties for sale in the capital for...

London sees supply of properties to rent plummet

The number of available homes to rent in Greater London is falling at an alarming rate, according to the latest figures from Home.co.uk. Over the last 12...

Britain the 16th most expensive place in the world for a city centre flat

The average price for a two-bed city centre flat in the UK is £227,000, nearly £100,000 more than in Europe (£131,000) and more than double the...

Auction House sees biggest ever catalogue go under the hammer

Auction House London’s biggest catalogue in its history went under the hammer at its latest auction, which raised more than £15 million. The auction – which took...

Strettons’ October sale set to bring land investment opportunities

Strettons’ catalogue for its October auction, which features 62 lots, is now available online. Taking place on October 8, Strettons’ national property auction will include vacant houses,...

Houses in London’s commuter belt at risk of no-deal crash

Houses in London’s commuter belt will be the hardest hit in the event of a no-deal Brexit, according to property investment platform British Pearl. Areas like Stevenage,...

Berlin property market shows strong price growth

Berlin, which next year marks its 30th anniversary as a re-unified city, has witnessed strong price growth over the last five years according to Knight Frank. In...

SDL Auctions raises over £6.1 million through strong interest in bungalows

SDL Auctions Graham Penny’s recorded a successful auction, with a strong interest in bungalows propelling sales forward. More than £6.1 million was raised at the auction, held...

Development at luxury Swiss resort continues apace

Following a successful summer season, development of the Andermatt resort in the heart of the Swiss Alps is continuing at a rapid pace. In November, the resort...

Leave-voting areas exhibit the most confidence in property market

Brexit voting areas are displaying the most confidence in the property market, stats released by comparison site NetAnAgent have revealed. While the current weaknesses of the UK...

Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham the top areas to sell a property

Homeowners living in postcode district BS5 in Bristol and M32 in Manchester currently have the best market conditions for selling, according to recent findings from PropCast. Its...

Clive Emson raises £16 million in September sale

Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers raised £16 million from 155 lots catalogued for its September auction. The auction – the sixth of eight sales in 2018...

Overseas buyers driving growth in European residential markets

Property investors now operate in a truly global environment. Just as UK-based investors can look at the great returns offered by established residential markets in the...

New Build to Rent schemes set for Manchester and Liverpool

Two new Build to Rent schemes are set to be built in Manchester and Liverpool after a deal was agreed between US real estate investor Heitman...

Property transactions dip across the UK

The UK property market is facing a period of consolidation as property transactions dip, according to DJ Alexander Ltd. The property management firm found that year-on-year property...

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