UK property: where’s hot and where’s not?

Recent government data show that the number of property sales in London have fallen 20% in four years, with the biggest fall in the last two years. Given the overall property market remains active, if not a bit subdued, who are the winners? Continue reading UK property: where’s hot and where’s not?

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Bold Birmingham builds its future

It has been a while since I visited the city centre of Birmingham. Having been to look around the University of Birmingham in 2017, this trip did not take me beyond the University campus area. And what a revelation it was. I still had memories of the Bull Ring of yesteryear embedded in my mind. Continue reading Bold Birmingham builds its future

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Budget 2017: property- mad

It has been a long while since a UK Budget was so rammed with property-related matters, mostly supportive for those vested in the industry and luckily, not so much meddling with taxation, that has frustrated many-a-property investor in recent times. Continue reading Budget 2017: property- mad

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Effect of Rent controls on Property Ecosystems of England, Wales and London?

We are starting to hear calls for Rent Controls from some political circles in the United Kingdom. So it seems appropriate to ask, what will this achieve? Continue reading Effect of Rent controls on Property Ecosystems of England, Wales and London?

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Krakow, new and old. Infrastructure upgrades and UNESCO heritage site

It’s been a while since I have visited Krakow and my, how it has changed…and yet…. how it has not changed a bit. The first obvious change is the amount of roadworks and infrastructure changes. Continue reading Krakow, new and old. Infrastructure upgrades and UNESCO heritage site

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5 Property investor lessons from Catalonia’s push for independence?

The scenario, in many respects, has an air of familiarity to it. In the last few years, Europe has borne witness to the Scottish Referendum in 2014, Britain’s Referendum vote on EU membership in 2016 and now Catalonia’s push for independence has resurged. Continue reading 5 Property investor lessons from Catalonia’s push for independence?

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3 Sobering thoughts for soon-to-be investors

As the holiday season draws to a close and many holidaymakers return home, some may still hanker after far-away places, with their minds shifting from holiday-making to investment-making. Continue reading 3 Sobering thoughts for soon-to-be investors

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Ile de Re, France-enrich yourself through island living

Hanker after a holiday home, which is in an exclusive island setting, but which can pay for itself? Which very few others will be able to do? Continue reading Ile de Re, France-enrich yourself through island living

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To diversify investments? Or not?

In some respects it is a good idea to diversify investments so that you are not overly reliant on one source of wealth creation. A sudden change in fortunes of one asset class, or geography, can have a disproportionate effect Continue reading To diversify investments? Or not?

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Property investors and a UK General Election fudge equate to…?

Like the financial markets, property investors prefer a clear cut result. Clarity of outcome is good for lucidity of thought and action. But a minority Conservative government is unsettling all round. Continue reading Property investors and a UK General Election fudge equate to…?

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