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  • Insight – have Asian investors in the UK property market increased? May 22, 2020
    International investors make up a big chunk of Britain’s second home market, especially in London. Many of these investors hail from the Far East, but how is this Asian demand for property holding up during the coronavirus crisis? Has it even increased in spite of Covid-19 thanks to the capital’s...
  • The world has changed – what next for Build to Rent? May 22, 2020
    Covid-19 is a generational event that will impact the way people live, work and behave long after the pandemic has been controlled and a vaccine produced. But what will the impact be on the Build to Rent (BTR) sector? It seems there is no shortage of views on this and headlines...
  • Revealed: modern tech allows modular housing firm to continue working May 22, 2020
    A modular housing developer has safely completed a housing development in Leeds and continues to work on six other sites across England, despite most traditional construction sites grinding to a halt during lockdown. ilke Homes says that because its homes are made in a factory, minimal work is required when they...
  • How can we green the UK’s housing stock? RICS calls on government to act May 22, 2020
    Before the pandemic took hold, environmental issues were arguably the biggest story in town, with ways of tackling climate change and greening property around the globe top of the news agenda in a way that had never been the case before. While one of the unintended consequences of Covid-19 – and...
  • Manchester set to beat virus uncertainty and remain top investment hotspot May 22, 2020
    Despite the uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Manchester is set to continue as one of the UK's top buy-to-let investment locations. Residential Estates, based in Chester, says that the North West city will outperform rival investment locations for a variety of reasons. First, it points to Manchester's property prices, suggesting that...
  • Revealed: has coronavirus derailed investment in retirement living? May 20, 2020
    The general consensus in the property market pre-pandemic was that retirement living was one of the next biggest things, with growing investment and interest in this burgeoning sector. It made sense when you considered the lack of provision and the UK’s ageing population, with a growing number of over-65s in the...
  • Trade body launches five-point plan to save short-term lets sector May 20, 2020
    The UK Short Term Accommodation Association (STAA) has launched a five-point plan outlining how the government can help the sector recover from the Covid-19 crisis. According to STAA, the short-term accommodation sector urgently needs targeted interventions in order to remain viable, ensure jobs are saved and make sure affected business do...
  • Covid 19 impact – how are developments changing to adapt to the new normal? May 20, 2020
    With the dawning realisation that there will be a long-term legacy to the way we live our lives post-Covid-19, a leading luxury property developer has created west London’s first purpose-built ‘Home From Home Office’ in its newest development.  Euroterra Capital says Queen’s Gardens Residences at 9 Devonshire Terrace, near Hyde Park, will...
  • The new way forward? Salford’s first virtual committee approves scheme May 20, 2020
    Two brownfield sites overlooking the River Irwell are set to be converted into 500 apartments for sale and private rent after a £105 million development was approved by Salford City Council in the local authority’s first ever virtual planning committee. During the planning session, councillor Derek Antrobus (Labour) said: “This scheme...
  • Five reasons you should never follow interiors trends May 20, 2020
    It can be tempting to jump on the latest interior design trends when renovating your investment property. However, just because Farrow and Ball’s colour of the year is big now, doesn’t mean your tenant or purchaser will feel the same six months to a year down the line. It also...
  • Q&A - how has the prime property market coped with lockdown? May 18, 2020
    While England slowly starts to emerge from lockdown under the UK government’s three-point plan (the devolved administrations are taking a slightly different path at present), there are considerable restrictions and challenges in place even as more people return to work and life starts to feel more normal again. Social distancing measures...
  • Opportunity for investors to 'hoover up' BTL property as market reopens May 18, 2020
    Following the reopening of the property market on May 13, a specialist buy-to-let mortgage broker is advising investors to expand their portfolios with under-priced bargains. Mortgages for Business says that landlords should have a particular focus on the markets in London and the Home Counties. Last week, following a period of inactivity,...
  • Webinar roundup – from the future of second homes to the future of PropTech May 18, 2020
    In these social distancing times, where so many of us are working remotely and being encouraged to stay at home as much as possible, webinars have become an excellent way of bringing people together to hear the expert opinions of panellists on various property topics from all across the industry. In...
  • Auctions in action – would you like to get to Warwick Avenue? May 18, 2020
    A luxury home adjacent to the iconic Underground stop that inspired one of Welsh singer Duffy’s biggest hits is set to go under the hammer for £3.25 million. The Grade II-listed maisonette on Warwick Avenue, Central London, boasts six bedrooms and a roof terrace. Its location provided Duffy with the title...
  • Why virtual staging will be crucial post-lockdown May 18, 2020
    While mindful of the present circumstances, it is encouraging to see the housing and property market remaining high on the government’s priority list and starting to re-open again after these unprecedented times. For many reasons, it is vital that the housing and property market must be kick-started again and estate agents...
  • Revealed – how has Covid-19 affected the Irish property market? May 15, 2020
    An Ireland-based PropTech startup has published its study on Covid-19’s impact on the Irish property sector. Beagel, headed up by industry veteran Healy Hynes, aims to provide transparent online sales technology for estate agents. Hynes says the paper is based on research derived from over €1 billion in private treaty bids placed on Beagel’s systems since January 2019.   “The Beagel...
  • Regeneration - new images released of £1bn Purfleet-on-Thames transformation May 15, 2020
    New images have been released to highlight how the £1 billion regeneration of Purfleet-on-Thames will transform the Essex town’s town centre and riverfront, with upgraded transport links sitting alongside new homes, social infrastructure and a one million sq ft creative complex. Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL), which is a joint venture...
  • Easing traveller anxiety and rebuilding trust in short-lets May 15, 2020
    It's been abundantly clear in recent months that the coronavirus pandemic - which has caused such drastic restrictions on travel, tourism and business trips - has had a severe impact on the short-lets market, which up until now had been booming and had largely experienced unlimited growth since it was...
  • Will people flee big cities in favour of the countryside post-coronavirus? May 15, 2020
    As the country gets to grips with the government's next phase of tackling the coronavirus pandemic, experts are already discussing how the virus might impact societal behaviour and patterns of the future. According to Alistair Brown, chief executive of Alistair Brown International Real Estate, people will learn and adapt in response...
  • Covid-19 update: regional tertiary town investment continues despite lockdown May 15, 2020
    A regional property investment firm has released figures which suggest that there is still movement in the property market in the tertiary towns of Wolverhampton and Doncaster despite the UK-wide lockdown. While the government has set out its three-step plan to phase us out of shutdown (applying to England only; Wales,...

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