Month: March 2015

UK continues to be popular choice for overseas students

UK continues to be popular choice for overseas students

Income from fees from non-EU students hits £3.9 billion, with growing numbers strengthening the performance of the student property market. Summary: Universities in the UK increased their income generated from overseas students in 2013-2014 Fees from students outside the European Union accounted for 12.7% of total UK university income Growing numbers of international students one… Read more »

Tourism industry continues to grow in Ras Al Khaimah

Tourism industry continues to grow in Ras Al Khaimah

Sustained investment in the tourism industry and a growing number of world-renowned entertainment events are helping to grow visitor numbers to the emirate. Summary: Ras Al Khaimah’s tourism board announces that its secured the three-day performance of Disney’s Cinderella in the emirate Just another example of how the tourism industry is growing in Ras Al Khaimah,… Read more »

IPD Index release shows UK property remains a strong investment choice

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Putting your money into bricks and mortar has long been established as a sound investment choice, and property continues to outperform other asset classes in the UK – but investors should think outside of London for the strongest returns. Summary: UK residential property market returned yields of 13.5% in 2014 Outperformed other asset classes –… Read more »

Rising house prices making conditions good for buy-to-let

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A 15% increase in the level of equity on mortgages is helping borrowers to access better interest rates. Summary: Rising UK house prices are increasing the size of deposits being put down on buy-to-let loans Investors are now applying for mortgages with an average equity of £99,914 Lower interest rates can be accessed, further increasing… Read more »

Ultra-rich opting for Dubai property investment

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The world’s ultra rich are favouring Dubai property over traditionally prized markets such as London, New York and Paris. Summary: Dubai property investments are increasingly favoured by the world’s super rich The emirate is favoured for its second home appeal Downtown Dubai and Dubai Marina continue to be the most popular places to live in… Read more »

IPD: UK property investments offer 17.8% annual return

IPD: UK property investments offer 17.8% annual return

More investors are turning their backs on London in favour of stronger returns in the regional UK buy-to-let market. Summary: UK residential property offers over 13.0% annual returns, according to the IPD index Northern England and Scotland saw rental growth from 1.5% to 2.4% in 2014, the only region outside of London to see an… Read more »

Dubai-based investors making regional UK property investments

Dubai-based investors making regional UK property investments

Money from the emirates now makes up 18% of investments from overseas in the regional UK buy-to-let market. Summary: Investors from Dubai and the rest of the UAE currently account for a large proportion of overseas investors in the UK buy-to-let market outside of London 18% of such property sales to overseas investors are to… Read more »

Mortgage approvals increase at start of 2015

Mortgage approvals increase at start of 2015

Mortgage approval rates grew in January, with the current favourable investment environment increasing activity in the property market. Summary: Latest Bank of England figures show that mortgage approval rates increased in January 2015 for the second consecutive month Mortgage approval rates numbered 60,786, higher than the number from December 2014 Mortgage lenders have also recently… Read more »