UK Buy-to-let investing has been getting harder, but what’s the answer?

The reduction in mortgage interest tax relief may already be starting to make it more difficult for investors to get mortgages, as some lenders increase Continue reading UK Buy-to-let investing has been getting harder, but what’s the answer?

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2016 buy-to-let abroad boosted by UK tax changes?

The UK buy-to-let scene has changed. A series of policy moves have made overseas buy-to-let, a whole lot more attractive for UK-based investors. From pension liberation rules, to tax relief limits, to the introduction of a 3% Stamp Duty surcharge for buy-to-let landlords, these initiatives will suffocate UK buy-to-let profitability……

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Europe’s lending rule like UKIP policy: anti-foreign?

Is the Mortgage Credit Directive a Regulatory-step too far? Two years’ ago I wrote about impending changes to property financing and how lending would be affected by new Continue reading Europe’s lending rule like UKIP policy: anti-foreign?

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Poland, from zero to hero, an economy and property market

Over the last twenty five years Poland has transformed from a state-controlled economy, to one where market forces have buoyed up Continue reading Poland, from zero to hero, an economy and property market

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What have Spain, Turkey and Poland got to offer in 2015?

With house prices stabilising in parts and foreign national buyer interest stirring in Spain, full-blown infrastructure projects in Turkey and the unassuming Polish powerhouse, what’s in store for 2015? Continue reading What have Spain, Turkey and Poland got to offer in 2015?

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What’s the interest in buying Polish property for foreigners?

In a world of claims of sky-high yields and returns, (some of which turn out to be too good to be true) there is still a role for solid, reliable, investment returns. Continue reading What’s the interest in buying Polish property for foreigners?

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Property investor vs Stock market investor-are they different?

Inspired by listening to a successful investor, Terry Smith of Fundsmith at the recent 2014 UK Investor Show, I thought his style of stockmarket investing, warranted further exploration in a property investment context. Continue reading Property investor vs Stock market investor-are they different?

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Buying Off-Plan Property-7 steps to off-plan heaven?

Around the world, off-plan in property markets have provided many investors with great opportunities to add profitable buy to let properties to their portfolios, or buy a holiday home at a keener price. Before embarking on such a purchase it might be worth Continue reading Buying Off-Plan Property-7 steps to off-plan heaven?

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Istanbul Property or Real Estate Investor? Then think Marmaray tunnel

Turkey’s house prices are buoyant, rising strongly, by nearly 7% year-on-year at the mid point of 2013 (on an inflation-adjusted basis). Even more so when you consider nominal prices (headline figures, not inflation-adjusted), which reflect a rise of 16% over the same period.

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Poland property-latest discovery a game changer?

Many property text books and due diligence property guidance, say to watch for markets or micro-markets where there is some breakthrough development or infrastructure improvement, as a precursor to considering a property market as attractive. Evidently there are many more criteria to be taken into account as well, but let’s just focus on that one thing here… Continue reading Poland property-latest discovery a game changer?

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