Month: February 2012

UK Stamp Duty Explained

Stamp Duty is a tax introduced in December 2003 and is paid on residential and commercial property in the UK. It is calculated as percentage of the purchase price of property, and tiered into brackets depending on value of the property. The brackets for the tax year 2010/2011 are as follows: 0% paid on properties worth… Read more »

Understanding Freehold and Leasehold

Properties in the UK can be owned in two different ways, either Freehold or Leasehold. The information below will explain both forms of ownership and highlight the main difference,  true definitions of the terms associated with the two. Freehold Freehold is the term used for what is essentially full ownership of a property.  If your… Read more »

Just what the doctor ordered


Ravin Patel is a successful pharmacist with an extensive group of outlets throughout greater London. He believes that his money will perform better if it is invested in property rather than traditional savings accounts.

Dubai’s population at all time high thanks to rapid growth

Dubai’s population is growing at an increasingly rapid rate according to the latest figures released this week. The number of people living in Dubai grew by 5.1% in 2011 to reach 2.003 million permanent residents. This growth rate is triple the global average growth rate and keeps Dubai’s population over the 2 million mark, a… Read more »

Dubai Marina 1 Bedroom Apartments in Botanica

Dubai Marina 1 Bedroom Apartments This week’s property appraisal focuses on ‘07’ aspect, Dubai Marina 1 bedroom apartments in the highly popular Botanica development. Botanica ‘07’ aspect 1 Bedroom Apartments 1 bedroom apartments in Botanica, and generally across the wider Marina are safe investment choices due to their versatility.  Offering more space than studios, one… Read more »

Guide to the Student Accommodation Market in the UK

International Students

Guide to the UK Student Accommodation market – Student Investment Property is the largest untapped real estate market in Western Europe. The UK student population continues to grow yet only 13% of students have access to purpose built accommodation and this is in further decline.

Spotlight on world famous Liverpool

As many investors are returning to the UK, The City of Liverpool has experienced unparalleled levels of private sector investment since the European City of Culture 2008 was announced giving it the status of capital of culture.

Spotlight on The Palm Jumeirah, Dubai.

Self-declared the ‘Eighth Wonder of the World`, The Palm Jumeirah is arguably Dubai’s most exclusive location. The huge palm shaped collection of islands stretches 5 kilometres out into the Persian Gulf adding an incredible 520 kilometres to Dubai’s coastline. The whole island has been designed to create the ultimate lifestyle destination, hosting a wide spectrum… Read more »