Direct Property News

April 28, 2020

Is Now a Good Time to Invest in Property?

The elephant in the room at the moment is what impact will COVID-19 have on the economy and the property market. That is the question all property investors, and those thinking of investing, have on their mind at the moment. What is important to keep in mind is that there has been zero impact on property values so far, and it is simply speculation as to what the impact might be. In our view, property investment is about time in the market, rather than timing the market. One reason for this is that the latter is very difficult to predict. Aside from that property is a long-term investment. If you are buying desirable property in good […]
April 23, 2020

Best UK towns for buy to let investment revealed – landlords should put their money here

PROPERTY news is high on the agenda for buy to let landlords looking to cash in on their portfolio. Which are the best UK towns for buy to let investment? The best UK towns for buy to let investment have been pinpointed in a new study. Those looking to profit in the rental market may want to consider these findings. According to insurance provider Simply Business, London and Manchester yield the best results for landlords, according to the study. Simply Business asked landlords to vote on their top places to invest. Over a third of landlords (36 percent) voted for London or Manchester. Bea Montoya, chief operating officer at Simply Business, told Property Wire: “Buy-to-let landlords […]
April 20, 2020

Coronavirus impact and why PBSA might be a safe haven

With lockdown measures in place until at least May 7, and the coronavirus pandemic continuing to influence all aspects of everyday life, Property Investor Today spoke with Tom Slingsby, CEO of developer Southern Grove. In this Q&A, we get his thoughts on how Covid-19 is affecting the development sector, whether a possible delay to the Brexit transition period will cause more uncertainty, why buy-in from the local community is so important when carrying out major regeneration projects, and why student accommodation could prove to be a safe haven in these times of crisis. Coronavirus has now overtaken Brexit as the most important topic of our times, with the government implementing a lockdown and strict social distancing […]
April 15, 2020

Why is the UK private rental sector set to dominate by 2025?

Investment in the UK’s private rental sector (PRS) will soar to £75 Billion by 2025, with an additional 560,000 households expected to be in private rented accommodation by 2023, according to the latest tenant survey report by Knight Frank. With changes to buy-to-let taxes, a significant decline in buy-to-let mortgages and the fight for young families or first-time buyers to get onto the property ladder, the significant growth of the PRS comes as no real surprise. The rental demographic has shifted The Knight Frank report has unveiled an interesting demographic shift for the PRS, where young professionals, aged 25 – 34, are no longer the most prevalent group. Instead, those aged 35 – 49 are now […]
April 9, 2020

Property investment recovery expected to be sharp

Colliers International says the recovery of investment into global real estate is expected to be sharper and faster following the COVID-19 crisis than the period after the GFC. The real estate advisor notes that although a global recession is to be expected “there are glimmers of hope with the latest China Manufacturing PMI data showing stabilisation in March following a fall to record low levels in February”. Oxford Economics data shows that following a contraction in global GDP by 1.8% quarter on quarter in Q1 and a further 0.3% decline predicted in Q2, there should be of around 1.5% and 1.8% in the third and fourth quarters respectively. Tony Horrell, CEO of Colliers International UK and […]
March 24, 2020

Will the coronavirus epidemic harm UK property prices?

With current turbulence in equity markets, some investors who sold out of stocks and currencies last week are looking around for alternatives. UK property, which has been severely depressed due to the uncertainties around Brexit last year, looks like it could be one of them. UK house price growth continued its upward trend in the months immediately succeeding the election – in January UK house prices were up 1.9% year on year. This was the largest increase in 14 months and beat December’s number of 1.4%. At London estate agent Benham & Reeves, there is notable new interest in the market. It reports a higher total number of transactions so far in Q1 than in the […]
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