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  • By Simon Morris On Tuesday, April 28 th, 2015 · no Comments · In ,

    New data has shown that private residential rents have gone up over the past year. Property expert Simon Morris explains what this could mean for investors in the buy-to-let market. Buy-to-let returns increase 1,400% since 1996. Buy-to-let is a great revenue generator for investors. It allows them to take advantage of rent paid by tenants to create a long-term stream of profit. Evidence shows that the buy-to-let market has become increasingly profitable. A report conducted by Wrigglesworth...

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, April 23 rd, 2015 · no Comments · In , ,

    A new index has shown that it’s harder to buy a home in London than it was in 2010. Property expert Simon Morris explores what this could mean for investors looking to enter the UK capitals residential property game. London house prices shoot up over the last five years London is one of the most desirable cities to live in on the planet. The Greater London Authority has revealed that the city has a population 8.6 million and has predicted that this will rise to 11 million by 2050. London has...

  • By Simon Morris On Tuesday, April 21 st, 2015 · no Comments · In ,

    A new report has suggested that offices are being converted for alternative uses throughout the UK. This has led Simon Morris to ask; are we losing office space and what does this mean for investors looking to plough capital into this lucrative sector? The UK office space boom The UK has recovered from the recession. The BBC’s GDP tracker shows that the nation’s Gross Domestic Product grew 2.6% in 2014; the biggest rise since 2007. The revision of the UK’s economic fortunes has led to a...

  • By Simon Morris On Friday, April 17 th, 2015 · no Comments · In , ,

    A report from leading global real estate developer DTZ suggests that UK commercial real estate enjoyed a meteoric 2014. Property expert Simon Morris explores what this means for UK commercial real estate in 2015. Commercial property delivers stunning returns in 2014 Experts were optimistic about the fortunes of the UK commercial property sector at the start of 2014. Data from the IPD UK Commercial Property Index showed that commercial property in the UK measured total returns of 8.9% in...

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, April 16 th, 2015 · no Comments · In , ,

    New figures show that average UK house price growth has declined to 7.2%. Additional figures indicate that the London market was a leading contributor to the decline. Property expert Simon Morris explores what this means for funds looking to invest in residential property. The UK’s house price boom Average UK house prices boomed in 2014. The economic recovery spurred activity in the market and caused average UK house price growth to peak at 12.1% in September 2014, up from 11.7% in August...

  • By Simon Morris On Friday, April 10 th, 2015 · no Comments · In , , ,

    Data from estate agent Savills suggests that Labour’s proposed mansion tax could swing the vote in a number of marginal London constituencies. Property specialist Simon Morris asks; could the mansion tax determine the outcome of the UK’s general election? What is the mansion tax? This is the tightest general election in a generation. We’re no longer living in a two party state. The rise of fringe parties such as UKIP and the Greens has forced Labour and the Tories onto the back foot....

  • By Simon Morris On Thursday, April 09 th, 2015 · no Comments · In , ,

    Demand for London office space has boomed in the first quarter of 2015. Property expert Simon Morris explores whether the risks of investing in this lucrative sector outweigh the significant rewards. The business hub of the UK London is a global financial centre and the heart of the UK’s economy. Estimates from the Centre for Economics and Business Research indicate that London’s economy is set to grow 15% in the next five years. It will expand at a faster rate than the economy of every...

  • By Simon Morris On Tuesday, April 07 th, 2015 · no Comments · In , ,

    Research from letting agents E J Harris shows that landlords are receiving 12 months’ rent in advance for some sought after lets in the prime London Property market. Property expert Simon Morris explores whether this is the time for UK property investment funds to enter the high end buy-to-let sector. Buy-to-let Buy-to-let refers to the practise of buying property with the intention of letting it out to tenants. These tenants pay rent that can provide a landlord with a long-term revenue...

  • By Simon Morris On Wednesday, April 01 st, 2015 · no Comments · In , ,

    Estate agents have suggested that the UK housing market is cooling down in the run up to 7th May 2015. Simon Morris asks; what does the general election mean for the UK property market? Uncertainty in the UK property market Property likes certainty. The sector thrives when investors can be certain of what to expect. However when uncertain conditions dominate the market, the sector can take a turn for the worst. Take the Scottish referendum as an example. House prices north of the border dipped...