Month: January 2015

Growing tenant demand pushes buy-to-let returns higher

Growing tenant demand pushes buy-to-let returns higher

Strong tenant demand in the second half of 2014 saw a 4.2% rise in the average rent of new lettings contracts. Summary: Buy-to-let yields are increasing at a fast pace in the UK Unusually, 7% more potential tenants registered during the second half of the year than the first six months The private rented sector… Read more »

Dubai Marina property prices buoyed by new infrastructural projects

Dubai Marina property prices buoyed by new infrastructural projects

Major infrastructural projects near Dubai Marina are helping the popular residential area retain its property investment appeal. Summary: The Dubai tram and Beach Mall are helping property prices in Dubai Marina rise Prices have increased by an average of 28% over the past five years and show little sign of slowing Property investors can expect… Read more »

14,000 more UK students enrolled at British universities this year

14,000 more UK students enrolled at British universities this year

The number of undergraduates continue to rise in the UK, but how will this affect student property investment in the future? Summary: There was a 3.2% rise in the number of British students attending university this year The rise in tuition fees appears to have no long-term impact on student numbers Student property investment will… Read more »

Will falling oil prices and EU QE pop London’s property investment bubble?

Will falling oil prices and EU QE pop London’s property investment bubble?

Property investors may have to forget about prime London property, with rises set to come to a halt this year. Summary: Almost three-quarters of prime London property is purchased by overseas buyers Wider economic conditions may mean that prices in London fall dramatically this year Property investors are set to focus on the UK’s regional… Read more »

Student property investment needs to reflect growing non-EU undergrads numbers

Student property investment needs to reflect growing non-EU undergrads numbers

The number of international students entering UK universities has dramatically increased over the past decade, a new report has outlined. Summary: Student property has become a major new investment asset class The numbers of international students entering UK universities is increasing Student property must reflect that by offering accommodation that makes overseas undergrads feel welcome… Read more »

Dubai to face new housing shortage by 2020

Dubai to face new housing shortage by 2020

Following a period of stabilisation, the Dubai housing market could experience a supply shortfall in 2020. Summary: Dubai may need more low-end and ultra-luxury properties to cope with housing demand in 2020 The year will see the start of the six-month long World Expo event Dubai’s property market is more equipped for long-term stable growth… Read more »

City centre Manchester property ‘set for four-year price surge’

City centre Manchester property ‘set for four-year price surge’

The Manchester property market is set to be one of the UK’s most lucrative over the coming years. Summary: City centre property assets in Manchester set for 26% price growth Rental prices in Manchester are also set to rise 9% next year The Manchester property market is beginning to attract the kind of international buyer… Read more »

Dubai property investors to switch focus to yields

Dubai property investors to switch focus to yields

Dubai investors are now keen to add regular yields to sustained levels of capital growth, experts have suggested. Summary: Buy-to-let, shopping centres and office buildings are set to be popular within the Dubai property market Investors are searching for yields of around 9% from their assets as capital growth becomes more stable The level of… Read more »