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Bulk buyers flock to Central London before Brexit

Central London has seen a 55% increase in demand from family offices, real estate funds and large investors looking to bulk-buy residential apartments in the second...

Brexit will deter overseas buyers, UK property investors fear

An independent survey of more than 1,000 UK-based property investors has found that 55% are concerned Brexit will push away international purchasers from buying UK property. This,...

The cost of living near London’s 342 outstanding schools revealed

The average London property price near an ‘outstanding’ state primary school is £693,849, according to research from Portico. Schools rated as ‘outstanding’ – the highest Ofsted grade...

Londoners buying prime country properties at eight-year high

The number of Londoners purchasing country properties costing £2 million and above between January and June was at its highest level for any corresponding period since...

Investment hotspots - the best new-build developments in the Costa del Sol

Despite Brexit, Spain has reclaimed its status as a hotspot for British buyers, with the Costa del Sol a firm favourite. Last year, 30% of homes on...

French Alps: Latest ski investment hotspots revealed

As the number of luxury new-build chalets and apartments has risen at some of the most sought-after ski resorts in the French Alps, so has the...

It’s great up North…for property developers

Almost two thirds (65%) of developers plan to increase their investment activity in the North substantially over the next two years, setting the region up to...

Majority of over-65s in the market for bungalows

Some 60% of over-65s would consider moving to a bungalow, according to research by McCarthy & Stone. This number – equivalent to 7.2 million people – represents...

Property developer blames the South for 2019 house sales slump

The South was mostly to blame for the slump in UK property market sales following the aborted March Brexit deadline, new analysis by property developer Southern...

Here comes the 2019 Novice Auctioneer of the Year…

The NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year was awarded to up-and-coming property auctioneer David Henwood of Clive Emson Auctioneers. Henward takes the coveted ‘Auctioneer of the...

How can you protect your business from mortgage fraud?

The latest statistics from Cifas revealed that mortgage fraud is up 5%, but what exactly is it and what can lenders, solicitors and other professionals involved...

Property management firm launches emergency fund for carbon-hungry properties

Newton Property, one of Scotland’s largest property factors, has announced an emergency building eco-improvements fund up to £100,000 per eligible property. Newton says its fund, which will...

UK rents not affected by tenant fees ban, study suggests

The cost of renting a room in the UK remains steady, up just 1% on last year to an average monthly rent of £600. That is according...

Developer wins approval for £25m Cambridge PBSA scheme

Future Generation has secured planning permission for a £25 million student scheme in Cambridge. The developer – a PBSA arm of developer Southern Grove – consulted officers,...

Strong sales for Auction House London

There was a packed auction room with many lots attracting fierce bidding at Auction House London’s recent sale. One highlight included a two-bedroom first floor flat in...

Regeneration of major cities needs to leave a positive legacy

The global head of Lendlease has called for an end to what he has described as an often unhealthy and politically charged approach to the regeneration...

PBSA growth: another student development for Alumno Group in Norwich

A funding agreement has been reached between Alumno Group and Curlew Capital on the former’s new student accommodation development at Benedict’s Gate in Norwich. The scheme, which...

North Oak Homes secures planning for nine luxury homes in idyllic setting

North Oak Homes has won planning permission for nine large luxury homes in a picturesque part of the Forest of Dean. The Worcester-based residential developer – also...

Bargain Black Country homes to go under the hammer this month

A Black Country family home with a guide price of just £5,000-plus is set to attract keen bidding at Bond Wolfe Auctions’ next sale. Located at 65...

Who will be crowned the next NAVA Property Novice Auctioneer of the Year?

The NAVA Propertymark Novice Auctioneer of the Year competition is returning to crown the top budding auctioneer of 2019. The competition – which is being held at...

Young Brits are on the move in the UK, and here’s where…

Coventry has been named the top UK housing hotspot for 18-34 year olds. The research, conducted by regulated property buyer Good Move, used data from the Office...

Ascend’s Build to Rent developments perform strongly for investors

Two of the largest Build to Rent developments in the Manchester city region are generating significant rental returns, according to Manchester-based residential lettings agency Ascend. Just a...

Nottingham property investors receive large sum from bank to expand portfolio

Two experienced property investors have been handed £2 million by specialist lender Cambridge & Counties Bank to help fund the purchase and redevelopment of a number...

Prime London stamp duty costs are enough to buy a house in 167 UK areas

Buying a detached house in the UK is cheaper than paying stamp duty in prime central London, analysis from Springbok Properties has found. With recent changes to...

The Cardiff student property market is in dire need of PBSA

Cardiff may be small, but those who know the city would probably agree that it’s perfectly-formed and it’s certainly a great place to spend your student...

Birmingham’s continuing boom – PRS scheme sells out before completion

Another private rented sector scheme in Birmingham has sold all of its units prior to completion of construction works, with total sales worth £7.3 million. Following in...

Investment insight: where are the UK’s hottest homebuyer spots?

The latest buyer demand index from Springbok Properties has found that UK homebuyer demand dropped -2.8% to 39.5% since Q2 as Brexit uncertainty continues to cloud...

Planning application submitted for regeneration of key Hillingdon site

More new homes are set to be delivered to West London after Inland Homes, a specialist developer of brownfield regeneration projects, submitted a detailed planning application...

Transactions and prices drop in London’s prime postcodes

The number of prime London transactions dipped by 7% in the first half of 2019 when compared to the same period last year as market uncertainty...

Property investment: how important is it to have a damp and timber report?

A question that we are often asked by people investing in property is: “Is it important to have a damp and timber report before purchasing a...

Claim – why landlords should be cautious about Airbnb

A leading property management firm has warned UK landlords to be cautious about turning to Airbnb and other short-term online lettings outlets to counter falling earnings. Apropos...

Former Shredded Wheat factory set for transformation

A former Shredded Wheat factory in Welwyn Garden City is ready to be transformed thanks to a £21.2 million loan from Octopus Real Estate. The specialist UK...

Prime London lettings market shows signs of recovery

The prime lettings market in the capital is showing signs of strength, according to agency Russell Simpson. The firm says it has recently secured a number of...

More action is needed for empty homes in the UK, says organisation

Monday 23 September marked the start of National Empty Homes Week, which aims to shine a light on the high number of empty properties across towns...

House of horrors up for sale with a guide price of just £1-plus

A property located in Birmingham with a guide price of £1-plus is set to go under the hammer at SDL Auction Bigwood’s next sale. While it may...

How can investors capitalise on mixed-use urban environments?

With towns and cities across the UK and the world largely becoming dense, mixed-use urban environments, how can investors take advantage of this shift and the...

How can you Brexit-proof your property investment?

With the current chaos swirling around Westminster – from the prorogation by Boris Johnson to this week’s Supreme Court ruling that it was unlawful, as well...

Mortgage fraud rises as people underestimate its consequences

Following on from our recent article about the average property scam costing victims more than £107,000, fresh research from fraud prevention service Cifas has revealed that...

UK property market is headed for a post-Brexit boom - claim

Research by SevenCapital has revealed that more than one third of property investors who invested prior to Article 50 being triggered have not invested since. The survey,...

To furnish or not to furnish? That is the question…answered by local estate agent

With Brexit causing hesitance amongst non-UK tenants within the rental sector, independent lettings and sales agent, Benham and Reeves, has looked at the benefit of presenting...

London regeneration – Elephant & Castle: from shabby to chic?

In the latest part of our series focusing on London’s regeneration hotspots, Property Investor Today zones in on the ongoing transformation of Elephant & Castle. Elephant &...

Project Etopia receives significant investment from Reuben Brothers

The modular house-building and off-site construction industry recently received a major endorsement when it was revealed that the Reuben Brothers have invested £19 million in modular...

Landlords and investors raise PRS standards with continued investment

The commitment of landlords and property investors to improving properties has contributed towards a drastically improved standard of rental accommodation in recent years, according to a...

Birmingham home to latest 290-bed student accommodation

Moorfield, a boutique UK real estate private equity fund manager, has announced the practical completion of the latest purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in the UK. Toybox,...

Majority of private tenants aren’t interested in buying a home

The majority of private tenants in the UK aren’t eager to buy a home, with only 42% interested in getting on the property ladder, according to...

TfL announces new guidelines to curb short-let rental ads

Labour’s London Assembly spokesperson for housing has welcomed new advertising guidelines published by Transport for London (TfL) banning adverts on its network that promote the flouting...

What does France’s property market currently look like?

Global property consultancy Knight Frank recently launched its Prime France Report, which revealed that British buyers now account for one in five prime purchasers in France,...

The latest £1 house auction heads to Yorkshire

Bidding for a three-bedroom South Yorkshire house will start at less than the cost of a cup of coffee. Located at 75 Deightonby Street, Rotherham, 563 0HZ,...

Landlords confident about 'growing' and 'booming' tenant demand

A higher proportion of landlords believe tenant demand for rental properties is 'growing' or 'booming', according to Paragon. The buy-to-let lender's latest report shows that 29% of...

Tower property sale reached new heights at auction

A disused water tower near Stevenage was the subject of a bidding war at Clive Emson Land and Property Auctioneers’ biggest sale of the year. The concrete...

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