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Overseas investment floods to London

Property Report 25.12.2010
Overseas investment floods to London

London’s prime commercial property market continues to boom, drawing investments from around the globe, particularly from Asia and the Middle East. According to a recent report, sales of existing commercial property in the U.K reached US$13.9 billion in the first nine months of 2010, more than any other city in the world.

'Oh the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful??

Want to trim your bills, update your home and do your bit for the planet? Sarah tests the latest 'eco’ products and sorts the fads from the finds. This week: wood-burning stoves

2011 English property market predictions

Property Report 23.12.2010
Spain and Portugal 'good for British property buyers'

Brits who are currently looking for a foreign property could get a good deal in Spain and Portugal, according to one expert.

2011 English property market predictions

Andrew Giller, Partner and head of The Buying Solution’s London office, says: “We anticipate an active early spring market – international buyers are still very prominent at the top end of the Prime London market, and the signs are that confidence is returning to the City. We may see an increase in transactions during the first quarter of 2011 due to a stamp duty increase (to 5 per cent) on properties above £1m which comes into force in April 2011. There is likely to be increased speculation that interest rates will start to rise, encouraging buyers to consider competitive mortgage arrangements sooner rather than later. On the other hand, it may be that VAT increases and talk of interest rate rises could mean that those who are not in a rush to purchase will hold off whilst they wait to see what the market does.”

The empty rates levy taxes buildings that have been empty for more than three months Photo: Clara Molden

The property industry has accused the Government of a "damaging and retrograde step" after it was announced small properties will no longer be exempt from empty rates.

Quinlan and Maud's purchase of Citigroup's tower in Canary Wharf confirmed Ireland's increasing property prominence in London. Photo: Getty

It was the heady days of July 2007 – the last moments of the pre-credit crisis era and the first of Gordon Brown's leadership – when Irish tycoon Derek Quinlan and joint venture partner Glenn Maud announced a property deal that would rock the City.

Is now a good time to buy property?

The Telegraph 18.12.2010
'There will definitely be some fantastic opportunities out there. The problem will be securing the mortgage finance to do it,' said one mortgage broker Photo: BLOOMBERG NEWS

House prices are expected to fall further in 2011, and mortgage lending is expected to be at its lowest level for 30 years, but a survey out today suggests two thirds of consumers think next year could be the right time to buy a property.

UK property landlords reveal their worse fear is rental arrears, report shows

Rental arrears are still a worry for UK property landlords despite rising demand and predictions that the sector will be buoyant in 2011.

Developers aim to capitalise on the demand for homes to rent, as homeownership becomes onerous. Photograph Christopher Furlong/Getty Images

An Englishman's home is his castle and the housing market has long reflected people's desire to own their home. Property prices have come close to becoming a national obsession and it is hard to imagine TV schedules without the plethora of shows about buying, doing up and selling bricks and mortar.

Property investors face diverse 2011 market: LaSalle

(Reuters) - Real estate investors face a challenge in devising strategies for 2011 due to the varying speeds of recovery across the global economy, a report from LaSalle Investment Management said on Tuesday.

Latest Insurance News

Judith Stevenson Stride 10.12.2010

Simon's Acquisition Gun Aimed at Big London Shopping Center Group

Alex Finkelstein Real Estate Channel 10.12.2010
Latest Insurance News

Cuts to funding for flood defences could make it harder for property owners and small businesses to get buildings insurance quotes, according to an expert.

Simon's Acquisition Gun Aimed at Big London Shopping Center Group

As Real Estate Channel reported Dec. 7, Indianapolis, IN-based Simon Property Group (NYSE: SPG), scouting for big-name acquisitions, has its cash-loaded musket aimed at one of the largest shopping center groups in the United Kingdom --- Capital Shopping Centers Group PLC. (CSC)

Thais looking to invest in UK on strength of the baht

Kanchana Paha Property Report 10.12.2010
Britons deciding whether to buy, sell or invest in residential property are left to sift through at least seven indexes that provide different results and regularly diverge on the direction of prices. Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

U.K. home prices are rising. Or they’re falling. It depends whom you ask. Property researcher Hometrack Ltd. reported a 0.9 percent monthly decline in October, the biggest since January 2009. Mortgage lender Halifax said prices rose 1.8 percent, rebounding from a 3.7 percent drop in September. Acadametrics Ltd. tracked a 0.3 percent gain, pushing prices to the highest since June 2008.

Thais looking to invest in UK on strength of the baht

Thais will continue to be potential property buyers in the UK over the next few years, according to an expert from the Bangkok-based property consultancy firm London Property Solutions (LPS).

London rental property sector

The acute shortage of rental property in London is driving landlords to cherry pick tenants and in some cases ask for larger deposits, according to property consultants Cluttons.

Does Japan offer the soundest real estate investment opportunities in Asia? Photo: Deco / Alamy

An increasing number of British investors are looking for property investments in the Asia Pacific region, according to new research.

Axa set for new London property investment

Axa Real Estate Investment Managers is planning to renovate a commercial development in London using its sources of finance.

Local Government minister Grant Shapps attacked the Local Government Association for "encouraging councils to use residents as cash cows" Photo: STEVE BACK

The Local Government Association has formally asked for the right to increase its charges for a range of services to make up for cuts in central Government funding.

KOP Properties and Reignwood Group acquire Ten Trinity Square in London

KOP Properties, the real estate investment and management arm of the KOP Group in Singapore, and the Reignwood Group of Thai tycoon Dr. Chanchai Ruayrungruang have acquired Ten Trinity Square, one of London’s most well-known landmarks.


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