London Investment Insights and News

In London it’s becoming more difficult to purchase individual property assets without significant investment. With residential and commercial properties increasing in value, the capital is attracting foreign investors who have available capital and a need for their capital to be invested safely. For the UK investor, using regulated financial products does offer individual investors alternative routes to grow their capital without the need for hefty mortgages or deposits. The high market entry prices have become so high that there are regulated financial products that offer investment into London property – but with the risk spread across various types of property and areas. Simon Morris has published a London Investment Guide intended to give an overview of the types of property and areas within London that are performing well in terms of increasing in value and long term appeal. simonmorris_london_investment  

Investing in London

The media has been speculating over the future of the prime central London property market, yet, some of the worlds most established and reputable international property developers, with the best research departments on the planet, continue to build in a few select areas of the UK capital. Some London estate agents have even been quoted as saying new property listings are pricing in the coming impact of the new 2015 UK capital gains tax, and expect price growth to slow in 2015. However, latest statistics show a distinctly different story. According to Halifax UK house prices actually rose at their fastest pace in 8 years in the 3 months to July 2014. From June to July 2014 UK house prices outperformed Bloomberg survey forecast by 3 times anticipated growth. While Halifax reports national prices up 10.2% over the previous year, Zoopla’s index shows London prices up 11.72%.

Long Term Investment Possibilities (2014)

Peckham

SE15, London Borough of Southwark

  • Peckham attracts a good mix of young professionals, couples and families.
  • There is an excellent range of schools and open spaces, including Peckham Rye Park and Common.
  • It has good transport links to London Bridge, Canada Water, London Victoria and Clapham Junction.
  • The area is deemed relatively affordable in comparison to neighbouring areas like Dulwich Village.
  • In most cases, fully modernised, one-bedroom flats are achieving above asking price, ideal for investors.

Brixton

SW2, London Borough of Lambeth

  • There are travel links via Brixton tube station, on the Victorian Line, and Brixton overground station.
  • The recent development of Brixton Square by Barratt Homes has attracted interest from a variety of investors.
  • Brixton’s trendy food market has influenced the areas desirability, appealing to a younger, cooler demographic.
  • Young professionals, with help from the bank of ‘Mum and Dad’, have become the primary buyers in the area.
  • Two-bedroom garden flats, with prices starting at £550,000, are particularly popular amongst these buyers.

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