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Barcelona property sales increase by 73%

The number of property sales made in Barcelona by Lucas Fox International Properties increased by 73% last year when compared with 2015. The firm also reports that...

Investors fund £1m London development in 71 hours

Property investors have raised £1 million for a development in Knightsbridge in just 71 hours.  The row of five townhouses and four apartments is worth over £100...

Average value could drop by £400 a week if 'bubble bursts'

The average property in the UK could decrease in value by up to £399 a week over 21 months, according to estate agent eMoov. The firm says...

New development to attract investors to Slough

A new housing development in Slough is thought to be catching the eye of property investors. Trinity, developed by Shanly Homes, is set to launch this spring...

UK housing market activity slows for first time since July

The UK housing market ground to a virtual halt in December as price growth cooled and fewer homes changed hands, according to the latest RICS survey. Residential...

House price growth shifting from London to regional cities

Property prices across the largest UK cities rose by an average of 7.2% in 2016, taking the 20 city average to £244,300, according to the latest...

Property auction market in UK ended 2016 strongly, latest index shows

The property auction market in the UK finished 2016 strongly and set new records in the process, fresh figures provided by the Essential Information Group (EIG)...

Property auction calendar – 23rd-27th January

Property auctions are a good place for investors to pick up a bargain, and every week these events are taking place at venues across the UK,...

Britain quitting the single market will please ‘opportunistic investors’

The prime minister’s pledge to withdraw the UK from the single market has been cautiously welcomed by leading business figures and should go down well with...

Rental home shortage pushes up letting prices in Spain

Rental prices are rising in most Spanish cities, led by gains in Barcelona, new figures show.   Average rental prices in Barcelona have increased from €892 (£773)...

Fewer Britons buying property in the Algarve post-Brexit

There has been a significant decline in British demand for property in the Algarve since the EU referendum, according to Fine & Country. The Algarve in southern...

Glasgow sees strong take-up

Glasgow saw strong levels of office take-up last year, surpassing the 10-year annual average of 500,000 sq ft within the first three quarters, totalling 523,000 sq...

Prime Dublin commercial rents to rise by over 4% in 2017

Prime commercial property rents in Dublin will increase by more than 4% in 2017, according to fresh research by Cushman & Wakefield. A fresh report by Cushman...

European property markets finish the year on a high

European property markets finished 2016 strongly, experiencing both improving fundamentals and further yield compression, according to Savills. Savills Investment Management transacted €5bn (£4.4bn) in 2016, including sales...

Plans for £300m development on former Vauxhall site gets go-ahead

A proposal to transform part of the 24.5 hectare former Vauxhall car plant site in Luton into a £300m plus mixed-use development has been approved by...

Remove barriers to boost housebuilding levels, says HBF

SME housebuilders could start building significantly more new homes in England and Wales if barriers to growth were cut, according to the Home Builders Federation (HBF). A...

Equity release market hits all-time high

Pensioners withdrew £5.8m a day from their homes last year, as growth in house prices boosted retirement incomes, according to analysis by Key Retirement. The firm’s monitor...

Average asking prices in Britain break £300,000 barrier, says Rightmove

Asking prices for homes in Britain have increased marginally in the last month, while demand on the house-hunting website Rightmove has also risen, new figures show. Asking...

Overseas investors exploit weak pound for cut-price UK property deals

Overseas investors were increasingly active in the UK property market during 2016, accounting for a significant share of all transactions, according to the latest report by...

Buy-to-let investors offered online tax training

With just over two weeks remaining until the January 31 Self Assessment deadline, buy-to-let investors are being reminded that there are tax tutorials available for landlords requiring help calculating...

Australia’s property price growth set to slow in 2017

Residential property price growth is set to slow across Australia this year due to low wage growth and inflation, along with oversupply concerns in some parts...

Celebrity tycoon enjoys £181m dividend from his property empire

Despite having to endure a 40% hit in profits from his enormous property empire, mainly based in and around London, 69-year-old tycoon Lord Alan Sugar took...

Redrow boss welcomes ‘strong and sustained upward trend in new housing’

With close to 200,000 homes built last year, the government looks to be on course to meet its target of building 1m new homes over this...

Planning overhaul to speed up housebuilding

Major plans to revamp Scotland’s planning system have been proposed by the Scottish government to help speed up housebuilding.  The proposals are designed to simplify the planning...

Lender cuts commercial rates

Specialist lender InterBay has reduced rates across its commercial and semi-commercial mortgage range. Pricing has also been simplified through the introduction of a three-tier rate structure linked...

Rising levels of mortgage approvals ‘hint at a surge in purchases to come’

The number of homes changing hands in the UK look set to rise over the next few months, as reflected by the latest mortgage approval figures. The...

Two thirds of UK builders report material price hikes

More than two thirds of small and medium-sized UK building firms have seen a rise in the cost of materials caused by the fall in the...

Plans for £175m regeneration scheme set for approval

Plans for a £175m mixed-use regeneration project on West Bar in Sheffield, which will create 1.4m sq ft of space fronting the city’s inner relief road,...

New Zealand property prices fall as glut kicks in

New Zealand's housing market was one of the best performers in the world in 2016, but home owners and property investors are now facing falls in...

Grand Tier box at the Royal Albert Hall set to be snapped up by British investor

A 12-seat box at the London's Royal Albert Hall, which has been put up for sale for the first time in almost a decade, could prove...

New property listings on the market fall sharply

The number of New UK property listings plunged by 46.9% in December from the previous month, according to HouseSimple.com. While a fall in property supply is not...

UK house prices remain ‘reassuringly resilient’

Residential property prices were at the forefront of the Brexit debate in the run-up to the EU referendum, with the now former chancellor George Osborne claiming...

Mortgage lending restrictions having a ‘chilling effect’ on housing market

People over the age of 55 are being frozen out of new mortgages, according to a new study. Stricter lending criteria means many mortgage companies are unwilling to...

Property sales rising in prime central London but prices continue to fall

Despite ongoing political and economic uncertainty, sales volumes are rising in the central London prime property market as buyers look to take advantage of falling asking...

UK house prices up 6.5% in December

Residential property prices in the UK rose by 1.7% in December compared with the previous month to reach an average of £222,484, new figures from the Halifax...

It’s a buyer’s market in Hong Kong

Filled with glitzy glass towers and a fusion of Eastern and Western cultures, Hong Kong proudly proclaims itself to be ‘Asia’s World City’ and remains a...

Property auction dates for January 2017

Here are details of the UK property auctions taking place in January 2017. 17/01/2017         Robin Jessop      North Yorkshire 18/01/2017         Wallace Jones    Nottinghamshire 24/01/2017         David Plaister Ltd             Avon 25/01/2017         West Yorkshire...

Confidence in housing market ‘knocked’ by aggressive taxation and Brexit

Confidence in the UK housing market has weakened in recent months amid economic uncertainty, together with pressure on householders’ finances from weak earnings growth, higher inflation...

U.S. home prices up 5.1% in October

Residential property prices in 20 major cities monitored across the U.S. maintained steady growth in October as demand continued to outstrip the supply of housing on...

Tax deadline approaching, are you ready?

It’s that time of year again. Filing an annual tax return is a necessary task for every self-employed person, including property investors, with the 31 January...

Here are some key UK property market trends to look out for in 2017

Despite ongoing uncertainty around Brexit, the UK property market is expected to return to relative calm and renewed prosperity in 2017, according to a leading property...

Central London office investment to top £17bn, says Savills

Central London’s office investment market has had another strong year with total turnover for 2016 expected to reach in excess of £16.8bn, 20% ahead of the...

Beijing mayor vows to contain soaring property prices

Beijing’s mayor has pledged to stop residential property prices in the Chinese capital from rising in 2017 in an attempt to ease concerns over the city’s...

Spanish property prices remain stable

A new residential property market report shows that Spanish property prices have remained broadly stable over the last 12 months. The latest Spanish Property Insight House Price Index...

Top places to invest in London in 2017

When it comes to investing in property, it pays to know about the latest property hotspots and up-and-coming areas. Here are Portico’s top 10 places where they...

New pilot scheme to boost housebuilding

With the number of new homes being built across the UK still significantly below the level needed to meet demand, a new government-backed pilot scheme launches...

Garden villages to create thousands of new homes

England's first garden villages have been proposed for 14 sites across the country along with three larger garden towns in Buckinghamshire, Somerset and the Essex-Hertfordshire border,...

Where in the world are house prices growing fastest?

Global house prices rose 5.3% on average in the 12 months to September 2016, with Turkey, New Zealand and Iceland recording the biggest increases over the...

International investors eye New York as safe haven

A growing number of overseas property investors are looking into safe investments, like the U.S. property market, with New York in particular now a favourite place...

Richard Barber – what to expect in 2017

Richard Barber, director at Prime Central London estate agency W.A.Ellis, part of the JLL Group, offers his thoughts on what property market trends we can expect over...