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International Women’s Day – paving the way for women in construction

A recent report has revealed the three factors holding women back when seeking their first job in property are unequal growth opportunities (17%), bias in the...

Insight – are branded residences the next major investment trend?

Branded residences have grown in popularity and scope in recent years, but are they something investors should keep an eye on? And what are the possible...

The BTR Paradox – how does supply, demand & seasonality impact on success?

In this guest piece, Jess Brookes - content & research executive at Home Made, a London lettings company specialising in Build to Rent lease up and demand...

Revealed – the cities where millennials are buying to let

With people commuting less due to the pandemic, it comes as no surprise that the interest in searches for ‘buy-to-let scheme’ has risen by 614.29% over...

Insight – where are the UK’s top five urban regeneration hotspots?

Here at Property Investor Today, we are always keen to focus on major regeneration projects and cities and towns undergoing major redevelopment plans. But where are the...

Cladding roundup – BTR re-cladding and the declining appeal of flats

LaSalle Investment Management has become the first institutional investment landlord in the UK to complete re-cladding at a cost in excess of £6 million. Waterside Apartments in...

Update – Sheffield regen, RAF ‘garden village’ and Bloomsbury office to resi

In this bumper development roundup, PIT explores regeneration projects in Sheffield, office to residential conversions in high-end Bloomsbury and schemes providing affordable housing in London and...

Overseas news - desire to move to Spain still strong despite Covid and Brexit

A leading Spanish property expert says that British citizens still account for the largest proportion of buyers on the Spanish Costas, despite Brexit and the pandemic. Sean...

Auction roundup – strong alliances and online endeavours

This week Property Investor Today takes a look at SDL’s recent partnership with Scotland-based Shepherd, and Regional Property Auctioneers’ switch to online auctions. SDL Property Auctions strengthens...

Opinion - why alternative property investment is overtaking buy-to-let

There is no question that Covid-19 has completely torn through the UK economy, with any signs of recent recovery likely to be dashed as the country...

Are rent to rent and lease agreements legitimate investment strategies?

Some property gurus and trainers will insist that people starting out on their property investment journey can become financially free very quickly and very easily by...

Investors could be between a rock and a hard place after Budget – claim

The Budget could leave many property investors and landlords ‘between a rock and a hard place’, according to Apropos. The letting firm believes that rumours the Chancellor...

BTR update – 500 new council homes and the resilience of PBSA

Southwark Council has appointed a team of architects who will design plans to transform the Currys PC World site on Old Kent Road into hundreds of...

Rise in young people considering a move to Spain – how can investors benefit?

With data suggesting that there has been a large rise in the number of young people considering a move to Spain – to live the digital...

Why modular housing is primed to deliver the green homes of the future

In June 2019, the UK became the first country to commit to bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050. Environmentally-friendly homes have a key role...

Insight – can first-time investors really become ‘financially free’ very quickly?

Some self-styled property gurus have courted controversy for offering near-instant financial freedom through their training courses, or arguing that anyone – even those who have no...

Growing out - 60% of landlords expand portfolio in race for stamp duty savings

Some 60% of multi-property landlords have expanded their property portfolio since the introduction of the stamp duty holiday in July 2020, according to research from Direct...

It’s virtually possible – a BTR virtual top out and resi virtual tours

Virtual tours are to be offered at the Springfields Independent Living facility in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicester, as the project delivered by contractor Willmott Dixon nears completion. Set to...

London roundup – major new regen schemes in Old Kent Road and Brent

The team of architects who will design plans to transform the Currys PC World site on Old Kent Road into hundreds of new homes has been appointed by Southwark Council....

Revealed - common mistakes when investing in European property

In theory, investing in the European property market is simple, but in reality it can be a little more challenging. The first obstacle to overcome is understanding...

Portugal webinar – are Brits still eligible for the NHR scheme?

British citizens are still able to access Portugal’s favourable Non-Habitual Resident (NHR) tax regime, despite the UK no longer being part of the EU. That was the...

Auction roundup – record results and the cure for stamp duty

With auctions still proving popular in light of Covid-19, and set to thrive even after the pandemic subsides, Property Investor Today takes a look at the...

Could 2021 be the year of the small indie developer?

Over the last 10 months, we have seen a raft of changes to the planning rules in England. This has been driven by the government’s need...

Leaseholders face ‘years of misery’ despite cladding fund, claims legal expert

A leading leasehold law expert has warned that leaseholders affected by the cladding scandal face 'years of misery'. Mark Chick, a specialist enfranchisement solicitor with 15 years’...

Is Covid-19 actually harming the buy-to-let market?

With the pandemic heavily impacting interest rates, people are searching for a more lucrative return on their investments. Research by insurance and personal finance comparison experts Quotezone...

Investors – should Nottingham be on your radar?

Commuters looking to relocate from London and other major cities could be considering Nottingham as a go-to location due to its low house prices and good...

HMRC’s new VAT reverse charge – how will construction firms be affected?

From March 1 2021, HMRC’s new VAT domestic reverse charge for building and construction services comes into effect. With this in mind, the specialists from Sheards Accountancy...

Green homes – can the construction & development industry be plastic-free?

Despite the focus in the last year being mostly on coronavirus and Brexit, environmental issues and sustainability have remained high on the news agenda. But how has...

Investors back hopeful hotelier as staycations become the norm

Developer and hotelier Lawrence Kenwright says he has agreed a deal with 95% of unsecured investors to bring the company he founded out of administration. Liverpool-based Signature...

Opinion: Why removing ground rents will have a negative impact

The government’s plan to reform leasehold laws has been met with much fanfare. Under the plans, ground rents would be removed, and leases would be extended...

Portugal update: Algarve’s Golden Visa exemptions revealed

Last week, the Portuguese government finally outlined its changes to Portugal’s popular Golden Visa scheme, which now come into place in January 2022 rather than July...

Dev roundup – waterside homes, BTR stock rises and former school sites

Nottingham’s residential development, The Waterside Apartments, has opened its show penthouse and apartment to eager buyers. Boasting panoramic views of the River Trent, the 121-home iconic waterside...

Investors – would Bucharest be an attractive investment prospect?

Following on from our profile of Montenegro last week, we focus here on another up-and-coming part of Eastern Europe. Bucharest, the largest city in Romania, has...

Revealed – how are property investors feeling about CGT?

Buy-to-let landlords and investors are anxiously anticipating the planned hike to Capital Gains Tax (CGT), which would drastically increase the amount they’d have to pay if...

Are Europe's real estate markets bracing for a sell-off?

2020 was a tough pill to swallow for Europe’s real estate markets as some segments were forced into extremely disruptive lockdowns and others were given development...

Investors – with a changing world, should you be considering Montenegro?

UK residents seeking to escape to Europe for great value for money opportunities to ‘live, work and thrive’ will have no doubt considered the usual suspects...

Auction roundup – new hires, fruitful partnerships and Feb catalogues

This week, Property investor Today looks at SDL Property Auctions’ latest extensive catalogue, BidX1’s 2020 success and Auction Estates’ landmark appointment of a renowned property auctioneer. Estate...

A 'beret' good time – prime French market tempts buyers from London

Research by high-net-worth mortgage broker, Enness Global, has revealed how the upper tiers of the French property market are currently tempting high-end homebuyers away from London. Its...

Avanton plans huge BTR growth; Red Loft marks major SE expansion

A leading London investor-developer has revealed its plans to invest up to £500 million in strategic land acquisitions over the next three years, as part of...

Budget preview: is it time to transfer your BTL portfolio?

The government has not been quiet in targeting landlords and the rental sector. The changes to mortgage interest restrictions for individuals has significantly reduced investors’ profit...

Property investment cons – how can you avoid them?

There has been an increasing trend in recent years for property investment courses which promise financial freedom and untold riches for seemingly very little effort or...

Dev roundup – strategic partnerships and steady project progress

A joint venture between Audley Group, Schroders Real Estate and Octopus Real Estate has secured a £47 million development loan for a high-end retirement village in...

Q&A – is now the time to be investing in distressed assets?

In this Q&A, Thomas Balashev – who has spoken previously of breaking into the old-money elite of prime London property despite an unconventional background – chats...

flatfair and Spike Global join to enhance BTR experience at Apo

flatfair, the rental payments technology firm, has partnered with PropTech company Spike Global to further streamline the rental experience of tenants living with EcoWorld's Build to...

Holiday lets - how can owners prepare for a reimagined spring?

Grant Seaton, senior business lending manager at The Cumberland, discusses how the holiday let sector can prepare for a spring like no other and what owners should...

Development roundup – new BTR schemes in Birmingham and Hertfordshire

Birmingham-based property developer Cordia Blackswan has officially handed over its Hockley Mills site to Legal & General (L&G) and Sir Robert McAlpine following a decision to...

Should investors be looking at Melbourne and Sydney for BTR investment?

Two of Australia’s most popular cities - Melbourne and Sydney - are tipped for a Build to Rent (BTR) boom, according to Assael Architecture. The British architects...

Portugal update - buyer demand holding up and extension to Golden Visa scheme

The demand for knowledge about the investment landscape in Portugal during the pandemic, and post-Brexit, shows no signs of slowing down, with people eager for clarity,...

Revealed: Prime property continues to bear the brunt of Covid

The UK’s prime property market is evolving, rather than suffering, throughout the coronavirus pandemic, new data from wealth manager and private bank, Coutts, has revealed. Despite lockdowns...

A quality property will always market itself – so why change the ‘BTR’ name?

January 7 2021 marked the launch of a new national committee, supported by The UK Apartment Association (UKAA), looking to improve the image of the Build...

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