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Property investment cons – how can the industry better prevent them?

A marketing expert who is vocal about companies responsibly marketing themselves has called for the property industry to be doing much more to self-regulate, to prevent...

Student landlords in the Midlands and North see best yields - study

We recently reported on the resilience of the purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) sector, which has seen a net increase of 2.6% in 2020. This is underpinned by...

ilke Homes set to regenerate Nottinghamshire brownfield site

ilke Homes has been selected by Nottinghamshire City Council to deliver up to 140 homes on a brownfield site in Arnold. The deal will see the redevelopment...

Development – from the former home of Coventry’s mayor to Nottingham’s boom

In this development update, PIT explores the fascinating history of a Victorian villa in Coventry – which is being developed into high-quality new homes – and...

Leasehold Reform – the potential impact on landlords, developers and investors

On 21 July 2020, the Law Commission published its latest proposals to reform the law of leasehold. It was asked to make recommendations to improve the process...

Covid isn’t a slippery slope for property in the French Alps – here’s why

Covid-19 has undoubtedly affected the ski property market. However, local market conditions are helping resorts in the French Alps to weather further effects of coronavirus better...

Insight – how does a Build to Rent development come to fruition?

Build to Rent (BTR) has been one of the property sector’s fastest-growing marketplaces in recent years – and continues to grow, even in spite of Covid-19,...

The new commuter belt: where are Londoners moving to?

The trend for Londoners moving to outer city areas continues, with agencies reporting a surge in enquiries from city dwellers for areas on the outer edges...

Revealed – why investors should be considering Preston

Earlier this year, we ran a number of stories on Preston’s burgeoning reputation as a property investment hotbed, including one about why the city – which...

New government funding 'a small but vital step to boost UK market'

In a previous article for Property Investor Today, which you can read here, I highlighted the importance of utilising brownfield sites to help boost the UK’s...

Auction roundup – rare lots and mighty 2020 sales

This week's auction roundup is full of rarities in Bond Wolfe’s extensive catalogue and also focuses on an impressive £300 million sold in the year so far...

Insight – is the construction sector facing a mental health crisis?

Property developers and investors rely on the smooth construction of homes and new developments to ensure their returns and bank balances are kept healthy, with hold-ups...

Singapore PropTech start-up launches first ever virtual property expo

PropTech start-up MOGUL.sg and Singapore Land Authority (SLA)’s OneMap3D have announced the launch of Singapore’s inaugural 3D Virtual Property Expo. Running until tomorrow, the event is hosted...

Growth in medium-term lets? Airbnb-like company expands into the UK

Flatio, a Czech-Republic-based mid-term lettings platform, has announced that it has acquired digital nomad housing marketplace NomadX in a move worth £3.6 million. The deal will see Flatio take...

Resilient property income - why property investors are turning to social housing

In this guest piece, Max Shenkman, head of investment at Triple Point Social Housing REIT, outlines why social housing REITs are continuing to outperform other REITs as...

Green homes - want to save the planet & improve your house using free money?

I have been a developer and landlord for over 25 years and, for my sins, ended up owning an estates and lettings agency in Merseyside.  Along the...

‘Winning with kids’ - Class of ’92 apartment building opens in Manchester

The latest apartment building from leading city centre lettings firm Manchester Apartments has opened its doors, designed to provide ‘first-class accommodation’ to students studying at University Academy 92...

Wealthy UK areas are performing best - study

The number of homes let in opulent UK areas has recovered to a level which is above the same period last year, according to research by...

Homes snapped up at coastal Yorkshire development

Small housebuilder Kebbell has reported booming sales for its Scarborough development, with eight homes already snapped up and only a handful of four-bedroom homes available. Cornelian Fields...

Revealed – new hope for buyers who lost deposits for Spanish off-plan homes

Spanish homebuyers who paid and lost deposits on off-plan properties in the country as a result of the global financial crisis have been urged to make the most of...

Insight – what will happen to the ski property market this winter?

The ski property market – which relies on international travel and the easy intermingling of people – was especially badly impacted by the first wave of coronavirus,...

The top property hotspot of the last decade revealed

Bristol is home to Britain’s top property hotspot, as well as six of the top 10 places outside of London, according to new figures from Rightmove. The...

How making timeshare claims outside the UK is costing Brits thousands

Earlier this year, we explored the often-underreported scandal of timeshare mis-selling and asked how easy it is for people to escape a timeshare arrangement. Here, Gary Smith...

DTZ Investors forward funds £70 million for co-living scheme

DTZ Investors has forward-funded a 310-room co-living project in Earlsfield, in a deal requiring £70 million of total investment. The Collective, which is the fund’s property and...

Insight: is the shift towards mid-term rentals here to stay?

At the beginning of the global crisis, there was a flood of property managers and Airbnb hosts with empty properties and no sign of bookings coming...

Revealed: how a property developer used Instagram to boost lockdown sales

A 32-year old property developer has revealed how he utilised the power of Instagram to ‘buck the trend’ during the coronavirus lockdown and secure £5 million...

Want to sell high and sell fast? This book could help!

If you’re looking to sell one of your investment properties in the coming months, you’ll want to get the best possible price for your home.  Increasingly, home staging plays...

Auction roundup – leading auctioneers and major milestones

From SDL Auctions’ continued success since March, to iamsold contributing to a major sales achievement, Property Investor Today delves into the latest auction news. SDL Auctions ‘ahead...

PropTech tie-up allows more virtual tour options for investors

Automated lettings platform PlanetRent has partnered with virtual reality technology company The 360 View to provide virtual tours of rental properties. The partnership will allow agents to...

When adding height, don’t forget about Rights to Light!

After spending so much time in our homes this year, many homeowners may be contemplating extending their properties to create some additional space, and with the...

Insight – how can the BTR sector get more government attention?

Last week, Build to Rent (BTR) trade body UKAA and design and consultancy firm Arcadis hosted a Zoom webinar focused on how the emerging BTR sector...

Partnership to deliver eco-friendly modular homes in Neath

Modular housing company ilke Homes has partnered with developer Abode Waterstone to deliver six factory-built affordable homes on a site near Neath, South Wales. The new project...

How to kickstart your property investment portfolio

The current stamp duty holiday provides a window of opportunity for property investors. It’s particularly good news for those just entering property investments as it offers...

UK PBSA sector remains resilient despite regional disparity – study

The UK purpose-built student accommodation sector (PBSA) has grown by a net increase of 2.6% in 2020, with more than 25,000 new beds coming to the...

Event roundup – Green Home Awards launched and landlord event heads online

Homebuilding & Renovating – which describes itself as the number one site for self-builders and home extenders – is launching its first ever Green Home Awards...

Premier Modular wins contract to house homeless in High Wycombe

Offsite construction specialist Premier Modular has won a £7.5 million contract for a development of apartments that will provide facilities for homeless people and their families. The...

Strong intentions: L&G commits large funding to Glasgow BTR scheme

The seemingly endless procession of new Build to Rent developments is continuing apace, with one of the biggest players in this still youthful market forward-funding a...

Insight: top tips for selling your Spanish property and buyers’ Brexit rush

Advice has been offered to both those thinking about selling their Spanish property and those looking to buy in the country before the Brexit transition period...

Significant Scottish residential portfolio transaction finalised

A residential portfolio comprising 118 residential properties across the Central Belt of Scotland has been sold by Places for People to private clients of Tay Letting...

Green property – organisation aims to remove plastic from construction

The housebuilding and development sectors have made big strides to becoming more environmentally-friendly and sustainable in recent years, but plenty more can still be done. Now a...

Finding your niche – what type of property investor are you?

With recent reports suggesting there’s been a spike in first-time landlords of late, a property investment expert has outlined why finding your niche as a property investor...

Auction roundup – Luxury hotels and iconic partnerships

This week, we provide a rundown of the latest auction news, from a one-of-a-kind hotel business site up for sale in South Africa’s Cape Town, to...

Revealed: top tips for pandemic-proofing your property abroad

In this guest article, Andres Manzano, head of product (business) at PagoFX - a money transfer app launched earlier this year by Santander - outlines some top...

New 976-bed accommodation opens in Leeds city centre

Unite Students, one of the UK's most prolific providers of student accommodation, has completed construction of its latest development worth £114 million. Built on the site of...

Spain revealed as the best property investment location, research finds

Millions of people around the world relocate to a different country each year, whether it be for work, family reasons or for leisure – especially those...

Investing in a leasehold? You may want to think again!

With the leasehold scandal back on the news agenda thanks to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) opening enforcement cases focusing on certain practices of four...

Starting young – student launches PropTech platform for investors

A 20-year old university student has founded a PropTech startup which aims to improve the investment process for property investors. Below, Property Investor Today carries out a...

Building onwards and upwards - what do investors need to know?

With changes to the use class system and permitted development rights now in force, Christina Daniels and Marisia Beard of leading law firm BDB Pitmans outline what this...

Overseas update – Chinese stamp duty surge and Q4 rush for Cypriot homes

Demand from Chinese investors for UK property soared in July after plummeting between April-June, during the height of the coronavirus lockdown. In July, following the announcement of...

Development plans – waterside homes and accelerated funds

Property Investor Today takes a look at the latest proposals for development projects across the UK, from a new waterside development in Worcester to regeneration in...

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