Direct Property News

April 18, 2019

Is UK property still a good investment? We take a look at how to get better returns

Bricks and mortar have long been seen as a prudent way to invest with the phrase ‘an Englishman’s home is his castle’ revealing just how deeply entrenched in the British psyche property is. That’s been for good reason: property is one investment that nearly everyone has an ambition to make at some point in their lives just by buying their home. But over the past 20 years or so, the popularity of buy-to-let as a way to get additional exposure to the property market has grown substantially. Those who got in early have reaped the return. A report written in 2015 by economist Rob Thomas showed that buy-to-let returns over the previous 18 years had beaten […]
March 17, 2019

Best Cities for UK Property Investment in 2019

It’s not always about London. Investors with an eye on emerging UK property markets will tell you this. Offering strong rental yields and a range of factors that suggest sustainable profits for the future, such as investment in infrastructure and growing university populations, there are a number of places that property investors should be aware of in 2019. Whether it’s affordable housing in the areas across the commuter belt or city properties in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’, here’s a look at some of the best cities for property investments this year. Manchester Manchester continued to impress us last year with strong rental market growth. Fuelled by a substantial university population and growing employment opportunities in the city, […]
February 20, 2019

Property investors from around the world buying in the UK despite Brexit

Well off property investors from around the world are not put off buying property in the UK because of Brexit, new research suggests. Indeed some 85% are currently investing in British property with one in four saying they are doing so because of Brexit, a global survey for UK property developer Seven Capital has found. Some 55% of those polled said they live in the UK, 17% in Hong Kong, 17% in Dubai and 11% in South Africa. Among those from the UK more than 30% identified as currently investing in property with all of those confirming they invest in UK property and 23% cited Brexit as the catalyst for them to invest. Asked how strongly […]
February 18, 2019

Housing affordability in Britain improving at fastest rate since 2011

The average asking price for property in Britain increased by 0.7% this month and is consistent with the growth recorded in February last year and the one before, the latest index shows. But year on year asking prices increased by just 0.2% or £714, according to the data from Rightmove. The property portal’s report points out that this means that housing affordability is improving at its fastest rate or eight years with annual wage growth at 3.4% outstripping price growth. But the picture is different according to location with asking prices in the North of England, for example, higher and those in the South falling year on year. Asking price growth is led by growth of […]
February 12, 2019

Rents in the UK increased by 2.5% in the last year, but with regional variations

Rents in the UK increased by 2.5% in the 12 months to January 2019, taking the average to £932, with only the North East seeing a fall, the latest rental index shows. Growth was led by the South West and Greater London. Rents increased by 5.1% year on year in the South West to an average of £859 and also increased by 3.1% month on month. London recorded annual growth of 3.7% to £1,588 but rents fell by 0.5% month on month and when London is excluded then annual growth was 2% to an average of £755, the data from tenant referencing firm HomeLet also shows. The slowest growth has been in Scotland and the East […]
February 12, 2019

London is top city for commercial real estate investment in the world

London is still the world’s top destination for investment in commercial real estate despite ongoing uncertainty about Brexit, well above both Manhattan and Paris, the next two biggest markets, new research shows. Some £16.2 billion was invested in central London’s commercial offices in 2018 compared with £14.3 billion in Manhattan, £12.1 billion in Paris and £8.4 billion in Hong Kong, according to the analysis report from international real estate firm Knight Frank. It also reveals, that while total investment volumes for central London were down slightly on 2017, the average deal size rose to an all-time high of £81.5 million in 2018 and it is predicted that there could be investment of £40 billion this year. […]
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