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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...

Vilamoura – why there is ‘far more to come’ from the famed resort

People thinking about Vilamoura might first and, in all likelihood, only think about the marina and the hotels, bars and restaurants surrounding it. While this is the...

Auction roundup – will February's sales top January’s?

This week shows a promising selection of investment opportunities available at auction. Here at Property Investor Today, we take a closer look at the upcoming February...

The big question – is buy-to-let still worth investing in?

In recent years, buy-to-let investors and landlords might feel as if they have been deliberately targeted, with changes to mortgage interest tax relief, the introduction of...

Revealed – the 10 best yields for rural property hotspots

PaTMa, a PropTech ‘prospector’ tool which analyses Rightmove data from an investor’s perspective, has produced a list of the 10 best average yields in rural or semi-rural...

Why property investors should be looking to Sheffield

Since the housing market reopened after lockdown, the release of pent-up demand has led to record levels of enquiries for homes across the country. During that period,...

Modular housing roundup – the perks of MMC and the Covid-19 effect

Pre-Covid, interest in modern methods of construction (MMC), specifically modular, was steadily growing. However, the pandemic and subsequent lockdown restrictions put in place – along with the...

Insight – what does the 2% SDLT surcharge mean for overseas investors?

To no-one’s surprise, there haven’t been petitions or concerted pressure from the public, MPs and trade bodies regarding the introduction of an extra 2% stamp duty...

Why the cladding issue must be addressed immediately

The Grenfell Tower tragedy horrified Britain. Subsequent inquiries have highlighted issues with materials used, construction standards and supervisory roles, to name but a few, and inquiries...

Centrick secures £400k grant for cladding in Brum city centre

Residential property firm Centrick has become one of the first in the Midlands to secure remuneration as part of the government’s cladding £1 billion building safety...

Revealed: how to buy a Spanish home safely during lockdown

British appetite for holidays and second homes in Spain remains strong, despite the challenges of the pandemic. That’s according to CostaLuz Lawyers, which has laid out...

Development roundup – all-star shortlist for Thamesmead regeneration

A ‘diverse and innovative’ group of architects and designers, with UK and international expertise, have made the shortlist to potentially become strategic masterplanners for the £8...

How has the prime London market fared in 2021 so far?

The annual price decline in prime central London (PCL) was 4.3% for the third consecutive month in January, while average rents fell 13% in the year...

Fabrik Invest – ‘adaptation is key to survival during the current crisis’

Property investment, like everything else at the moment, continues to be heavily influenced by Covid-19 and Brexit. But what does the market hold in the year ahead,...

Off the rails – tube house prices fall 11% since start of Covid

House prices surrounding London’s tube stations have fallen by an average of 2% since the start of the pandemic as the work from home trend causes...

Q&A with Taggart Homes - 'inexperienced builders should face tighter controls'

With the UK enduring its third national lockdown, Property Investor Today speaks with Michael Taggart, chief executive officer of luxury homebuilder Taggart Homes, on the creation...

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