Demystifying role of overseas investors in London property market

Over the last few years, there have been arguments holding the global investors responsible for the housing crisis in London. Many of those opposing international investments in the UK property market even attributed the housing price inflation to these global players.

Smart City vision will fuel London property market

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, recently outlined his vision for London to emerge as the world’s leading ‘Smart City’, and this is another important and positive development for the property market.

Transforming Real Estate – Impactful 7 Trends

The global real estate sector is undergoing a major transformation and the UK, one of the top property markets in the world, cannot remain insulated from the changes.

London property market stable for next 5 years

The London property market will remain stable for the next five years with an appreciation in the capital values of the assets in double digits till 2021, according to new research.

NLA Landlords Survey Q1 2017

Landlord profitability is at an all-time high while rental yields remain largely stable in the UK residential property market, latest research by the National Landlords Association (NLA), reveals.

Stability in Central London market

The Central London rents remain stable... The prime yields remain stable... Supply continues to increase across Central London... Investment stocks remain in high demand.

1-bed apartment in Sky Gardens, SW8

1-bed apartments are popular in London, where real estate prices are among the highest in the world, and now they continue to command a premium price.

Housing crisis: Focus on expediting delivery period from present 3 years!

Even as demand continues to outstrip supply of housing in the UK, the timeline for delivering a house continues to remain close to 3 years! This is clearly an agonisingly slow pace, especially when the cost of construction, continues to climb, adding to the house prices.

Sky Gardens, Nine Elms SW8

Here’s another reason as to why rank London ranks among the top global real estate destinations – Europe’s financial capital is home to as many as 4,750 Ultra High Net Worth Individuals (UHNWIs) next only to New York, which has 6,570 UHNWIs.

Sky Gardens, Nine Elms SW8

London continues to remain among the top real estate destinations of the world with more and more skyscraper projects changing the landscape of Europe’s financial capital.Data released by Tall Buildings Survey (New London Architecture - NLA) found out that work began on a new skyscraper almost every week in 2016 in London.

Real estate investment: London reigns supreme for 6th consecutive year

London continues to maintain its preeminent position in Europe for investments in real estate. For the sixth consecutive year, London has been ranked as the most attractive European city for real estate investments, according to a survey conducted by top real estate advisory firm CBRE.

MIPIM 2017 to explore ‘New Deal for Real Estate’

MIPIM 2017, the world’s leading property market, is underway in Cannes, France, and it is buzzing with activities, as influential international property players from the office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial sectors have gathered for four days of networking, learning and transaction.

House prices continue to grow in the UK, as completions fall

The latest House Price Index from Halifax shows that the prices in the UK residential market are continuing their upward trend. This demonstrates the stability of the residential property market, which had witnessed a slowdown during mid-2016 given several developments.

private Rented new Build Supply

The private rented sector in the UK is now worth £1.4 trillion or equivalent to approximately five-and-a-half times the gold reserves of the US, it is revealed by Savills in its latest report - Residential Property Focus – Issue 1.

UK House Price Index England: December 2016

The latest UK House Price Index (UK HPI) calculated by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that Kensington and Chelsea command the highest house prices in 2016 reaching an average of £1,317,424, registering an increase of 4.2 percent over 2015.

Time to adopt offsite modular construction to overcome housing crisis in the UK

With the UK government releasing the Whitepaper on housing, the focus is on speeding up the delivery of quality homes as the gap between the demand and supply is widening with thousands of families remaining out of the housing network.

2 Key Findings - December 2016 Overall Rents Rise Across the UK - Year on Year Since December 2015, average rents in the UK have risen by 1.17%. In England, rents were up 1.15% to £1,220; in Northern Ireland they rose by 0.63% to £559; meanwhile in Scotland rents rose to £721 following annual growth of 1.42%; and in Wales the average rent is up 1.43% to £634.

Tenants of one-bedroom apartments in London, one of the top real estate markets in the world, are spending a significant proportion of their disposable income, in paying their monthly rents, the latest Landbay Rental Index has revealed.

National Audit Office report provides grim picture of UK housing

The ‘Housing in England: An Overview,’ a report prepared by the National Audit Office of the UK brings to light the seriousness of the housing crisis faced by the country. It has recommended the speeding up of housing delivery on a priority basis if the gap between the demand and supply must be reduced in quick time.

First-time buyer affordabilty in the UK

The Council of Mortgage Lenders in the UK has released the November 2016 statistics on borrowings by home-buyers and the data reveals that the housing market remains stable. In fact, the mortgage activity is 5 percent up sequentially throughout October 2016, increasing marginally by 2 percent for the corresponding period in 2015.

Multi-pronged approach for London’s housing crisis

Commercial and residential property services provider JLL in its predictions for 2017 has observed that the number of new houses likely to be built this year will be slightly below the 2016 level in London.

UK Commission seeks to empower Councils for fast-tracking Affordable Housing

The Housing Commission, which is constituted by the Local Government Association (LGA) to examine housing supply, in its final report, has made revolutionary suggestions, including freeing Councils from restrictions on their borrowing to build more affordable homes and making it easier for them to compulsorily purchase land that has planning permission for homes but which is not being built out.

UK’s Estate Regeneration

The latest guidance issued by the UK government’s Department for Communities & Local Government on “Estate Regeneration National Strategy” is timely and a welcome move, as it aims to address the housing crisis from the long-term perspective.

International brands ensure record year for London commercial property market

London continues to remain the top destination for international brands and retailers despite the recent political developments in the UK. A latest research conducted by commercial real estate services provider CBRE revealed that more than 75 new retail brands have set up shop in London, especially in Central London, Mayfair and Chelsea in 2016!

 international tenants make up for a large section of the tenants in the Home Counties.

The super prime rental market in the Home Counties is witnessing growth with rich tenants showing more interest in localities outside of London.

Home buyers in London pause to look closely at the exquisite London properties for sale

UK Chancellor Phillip Hammond has announced a slew of measures in his Autumn Statement to support the housing sector and the stakeholders concerned should welcome them, as they are aimed at resolving the housing crisis from the long-term perspective.

Home buyers in London pause to look closely at the exquisite London properties for sale

Contrary to popular perception that London may not remain the preferred destination for investing in the property market for international buyers following Brexit, a research has found out that there has been an actual increase in such transactions this year.

Home buyers in London pause to look closely at the exquisite London properties for sale

With another 50 days left to complete 2016, global real estate services provider JLL has brought out five interesting issues that are likely to mark the housing sector in the UK next year.

Home buyers in London pause to look closely at the exquisite London properties for sale

The prices of properties, as well as rents in the East of the City are gradually increasing owing to a combination of favourable factors, according to the latest report released by global real estate services provider Savills.

Home buyers in London pause to look closely at the exquisite London properties for sale

That the uncertainty in the UK property market is a short-term trend has been revealed by the latest Residential Market Survey conducted by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), which established an increase in buyer interest for the first time since February, 2016.

Property prices throughout the UK have risen steeply especially in London

Amidst growing concerns over the future of the UK property market comes a critical finding that the average price of houses have increased by 8.4 per cent in the last 12 months.

UK Chancellor heading to Number 10 to announce new measures to help the struggling housing market

UK Chancellor Philip Hammond’s latest announcement is a timely intervention to end the UK housing crisis, which is spiraling out of control.

Sky Gardens luxury apartments for sale are excellent investments

Nine Elms, the greatest transformational story at the heart of the world’s greatest city, now has another feather in its cap – Apple! The world’s largest company by market capitalization will be moving into the Battersea Power Station redevelopment by 2021.

The increase in mortgage lending has proved beneficial to the London property market

Amid speculation over the future of the UK property market comes the revelation that gross mortgage lending increased by 7 per cent in August, providing fresh impetus to the UK housing market.

This magnificent London property in the Royal Docks has a variety of spacious apartments to rent

Are you planning to move to the Royal Docks and looking for a brand new property with several lifestyle amenities for rent?

Exquisite new build property in London constructed by our talented builders

Is rent control an option to resolve the current housing crisis in the UK? Of late, there has been a debate, especially among tenants, about the benefits of reintroducing rent control.

Growth of London property rents raises concerns in several sectors

The word is out – the average monthly rent for a one-bed London apartment has inched closer to the £1,500 mark. This is not only shocking for Londoners, but provides adequate food for thought for the stakeholders of London housing, as this is not the direction they want the city to grow.

New homes for sale in London are sound investments as property values rise

The latest UK Residential Market Survey (August 2016) conducted by the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) reveals certain interesting developments and is an encouraging sign for UK property stakeholders.

This spacious five bedroom apartment to rent in SW18 offers panoramic river views

If you are looking for a property to rent in London, then this is the right time to go for it. Rents in Central London have fallen by 3.6% while the inventory increased in July, according to a recent market report from property consultancy firm Knight Frank.

Central London prime retail property yields high returns making it a significant investment segment

The investment in Central London prime retail property in the first half of 2016 has crossed a record £1bn indicating that the financial capital of London continues to charm investors.

 Commercial rents in London hold steady, making it lucrative to invest in commercial property development

With reports emerging that commercial rents in the UK market remained stable in July, it gives a sense of relief to property owners in the wake of the recent concerns, especially the UK’s decision to leave the EU.

 The slow pace of affordable house-building is a growing concern for Londoners

The latest figures on the number of houses built in the UK in the last three months (April to June) are out, but offer no respite from the ongoing housing crisis.

 London Mayor Sadiq Khan works hard to speed up delivery of affordable London property

On completing 100 days in office, the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has made fresh announcements to speed up house building activities and enhance the delivery time of affordable London property.

Low interest rates make it harder for first time buyers to purchase London property

Is the reduction in bank interest rate a worrying sign for first-time home buyers in the UK? The answer seems to be “yes” from a majority of prospective buyers.

Night Tube service pushes up rental yields for London properties near the stations

With selected Tube stations set to remain open for 24 hours on weekends in London, it is predicted that rents around such stations are expected to increase.

There is no doubt that Nine Elms in London is an impressive transformational story at the heart of Europe’s financial capital. The area will be the last of the Central London locations which will complete the redevelopment of the South Bank.

Very often we hear from industry experts about solutions to end the housing crisis in London, but not all of them are welcomed wholeheartedly by the stakeholders concerned.

The focus of the British economy for the past few weeks has been on Brexit and its impact on the property market, but a more serious concern that seems to have gone unnoticed, until now, is the latest finding on the falling homeownership rate in the UK, especially London.

Properties in prime central London may be commanding whopping prices but the city’s Zone 3, especially the Royal Docks is emerging as the preferred destination for investment in the property market.

London, which is one of the top property markets in the world, is gradually opening up to the concept of short lets, which in the US and Asian markets, is also referred to as serviced apartments.

With London continuing to retain its pre-eminence as a top property market in the world, it attracts investors representing diverse sectors from across the globe.

Amidst the Brexit uncertainty an interesting development is taking place in the London property market, particularly the office space.

London, the financial capital of Europe, is going through one of its most challenging times from the property market perspective.

The Budget announcement by the Chancellor offers a mixed bag for stakeholders of the property market in the UK.

MIPIM, the world’s premier property market show, which commences from March 15 at Cannes in France, will witness the participation of influential property players from all sectors, including office, residential, retail, healthcare, sport, logistics and industrial.

Amidst all speculations in the London property market, 2016 begun on an interesting note, with house prices in the financial capital increasing by 5.4% during January-February.

Is London becoming too expensive for our millennials, our next generation? Are they considering moving out of the capital because of exorbitant rent rates? 

The London property market grabbed the limelight the whole of 2015 and the situation appears no different this year with several challenges in front of the stakeholders of housing while the price inflation continues.

The latest announcement by Moody’s Investor Services that London's office property market will see rapid growth over the next 12-18 months is a welcome sign at a time when there are growing concerns over the contraction of the sector because of price inflation, particularly in the financial districts of the UK capital.

The property market in London is facing a strange situation – while the industry trend indicates that the demand for housing is outstripping supply, prices are expected to shoot up further, the luxury homes market, on the contrary, is suffering from contraction, according to latest industry reports! 

With housing becoming unaffordable to a great extent in London because of price inflation over the years, landlords saw a big opportunity to earn an extra income by renting out whatever additional space was available at homes to tenants.