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Ease of exit makes property the top choice for UK investors

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New research from Experience Invest has revealed that one fifth of UK investors do not carefully consider their potential exit strategies when entering an investment opportunity. In June 2019, Experience Invest surveyed over 800 UK-based investors about how they plan and execute exit strategies and how much does the exit strategy influence their decision to invest. The research – which was conducted by an independent research partner – asked 831 respondents who all had investments ranging from £10,000 to £10 million in total value. The appeal of real estate Property was the most common asset class among the investors surveyed, with 53% of those surveyed owning one type of real estate investment. Stocks and shares were the second most popular choice, with 48% of respondents holding this type of investment. Following the top two, a significant drop to just 12% of people surveyed had invested in foreign exchange/currency, 11% had equity in private companies and 10% had invested in art. In terms of exit strategy, 62% of respondents cited property as an attractive opportunity because of the ease of liquidation. What assets do they own? All Property 53% Stocks/shares 48% Foreign exchange/currencies 12% Art 11% Debt investments 9% Classic cars/motorbikes/boats/yachts 7% Cryptocurrencies 6% Commodities 5% Other 7% Source: Exiting investments: How are UK investors planning and executing exit strategies? Exiting a property investment Experience Invest’s new report – Exiting investments: How are UK investors planning and executing exit strategies? – highlights the importance of a flexible or clear exit strategy when investing. Overall, 25% of those surveyed are currently unable to exit their existing investments however, when it came to property, this figure dropped to just 18%. Unsurprisingly, capital growth is the most important factor for 85% of property investors when planning an exit strategy. While 73% also revealed that […]

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Completion of One Wolstenholme Square development in Liverpool

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For property investors looking for a route into the UK market, there are few locations more appealing than Liverpool, a vibrant, thriving city where house prices are relatively low and demand for high-quality rental accommodation is strong. The supply of housing in this attractive destination will soon be boosted by the arrival of One Wolstenholme Square, a collection of buy-to-let apartments in the city centre. Completion of One Wolstenholme Square As we move into the summer months, Experience Invest is pleased to announce that Block E – the final stage of the build – completed on time in the second quarter of 2019. Now all the work has been done, there is a total of 469 units on offer at One Wolstenholme Square, ranging from studios to one-bedroom apartments. The property will offer a range of desirable features and benefits for tenants, putting owners in a good position to receive strong, regular returns on their investment. Luxury features and a great location Tenants searching for high-end housing in the centre of Liverpool will find plenty to interest them at One Wolstenholme Square, including walnut-finish flooring and doors throughout the apartments, kitchens with high-gloss white units and large-format porcelain tiles in the bathroom. Furthermore, the property is situated in one of the most desirable parts of the city centre, boasting a prestigious L1 postcode. Liverpool’s main attractions and university campuses are just a short walk away, with the Albert Dock waterfront area and the Liverpool One retail and entertainment complex within easy reach. A high-performing UK property investment For investors, the financial advantages of this off-plan development include assured annual rental returns and capital gains. According to the May 2019 Zoopla Zed-Index, the average price of an apartment in Liverpool has climbed by 19.37% over the last 5 years. Since the […]

Experience Invest returning to Cityscape Global, Dubai

Experience Invest returning to Cityscape Global, Dubai

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  The Cityscape Global industry exhibition will once again be the focus of the real estate investment world later this year, as it returns to the World Trade Centre in Dubai from October 2nd to 4th.   Experience Invest will be returning for our second consecutive appearance at the show, and we will have plenty of exciting information and opportunities to share with fellow attendees. So you know what to expect, here is a video from last year’s show in Dubai.         Highlights from Experience Invest   There will be a lot for delegates to look forward to at Cityscape Global 2018, including the latest updates on industry developments, exclusive offers and opportunities to network and make new contacts. If you would like to keep up-to-date with the latest updates and announcements about the Cityscape Global show, visit the  Experience Invest Facebook page.   Experience Invest will be exhibiting at stand 4F30, where visitors will be able to see a new 3D model of the Imperial Square development in Luton, as well as iPads displaying product information and video screens showing company and development details.   The exhibition will provide a platform for the phase two launch of the Infinity Waters apartment complex in Liverpool, as well as phase three of Aura Student Liverpool and the Opto Student Newcastle project. A selection of highly desirable one bedroom apartments in Imperial Square – a residential, London commuter belt development – have also been held back for release at the show.   One of the strongest incentives for investors to attend the show is that they will have first pick of the units available in the new phase launches. This will include the best river and city view apartments at Infinity Waters and a great selection of one-bedroom apartments at Imperial […]

Luton “a top destination for entrepreneurial investors”

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Luton has been named among the UK’s best destinations for entrepreneurial activities, with investors now flocking to the area. According to the fifth annual UK Vitality Index report from property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), Luton now stands 15th in the UK for its support of entrepreneurial endeavours – a stunning rise through the rankings from 30th position last year. LSH cited the considerable rise in new businesses opening across the Bedfordshire town as a significant indicator of the growing appetite for investment in Luton. At the same time, the ongoing expansion of Luton Airport is further helping to bolster investor confidence in the local area. Overall, the £110 million expansion of the airport is predicted to create an additional 10,000 jobs for Luton by the end of the decade, with a 50 per cent increase in capacity for the facility and an associated uplift in travellers passing through the area to boost the local economy. LSH also stated its belief that Luton is now showing the first signs of a positive response to being granted official Enterprise Zone status in 2015. This combination of factors is therefore helping to drive positive investor sentiment around Luton at present. Lloyd Spencer, head of office for LSH Milton Keynes and Luton, told Insider Media: “It’s great news to see Luton ranking in The Vitality Index’s Most Entrepreneurial list … and is testament to the inward investment that it is attracting, as well as the commitment to improving the local economy.” Achieving first position in LSH’s rankings this year was Cambridge, but arguably one of the headline-grabbing features of the report has been the growth in entrepreneurial activities across the north of England. Manchester in particular has fared extremely well during recent months, now rising to third in the overall LSH rankings due […]

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UK House Price Sentiment Hits Highest Point Since 2014

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You’re reached the Experience Invest blog. Here, we bring you regular updates on the latest British residential and commercial property market news. Recent figures have shown us that UK house price sentiment hit its highest point since 2014 in February this year. Demand and supply The Telegraph reports that figures from Halifax bank suggest that average UK house prices hit a 17-month high in the year to January 2016. During this period, average British residential property values increased by 9.7% – the highest rate of annual growth since July 2014, when they rose by over 10%. Explaining these figures, Halifax housing economist Martin Ellis said: “The imbalance between supply and demand continues to exert significant upward pressure on house prices… This situation looks set to persist over the coming months.” In other words, demand is increasing for a low supply of UK residential properties and the latest House Price Sentiment Index (HPSI) from Knight Frank and Markit Economics, shows that this has lifted UK house price sentiment to an 18-month high. Rising sentiment A recent report shows that 23.2% of the 1,500 British households surveyed for the latest HPSI said they believe that the value of their home increased in the past month. This resulted in a HPSI reading of 59.6 points; any reading above 50 points indicates that UK households think British residential property prices are increasing. This is the 35th consecutive HPSI that read above 50 points, suggesting that continually rising average UK house prices have fuelled positive sentiment in the country’s property market. Furthermore, the February Index’s reading was the highest since October 2014, indicating that British households perceive that the value of their home has risen to its strongest point in over a year. Commenting on the release of the February 2016 HPSI, Head of UK […]

House and Rent Prices Expected to Soar in UK Over the Next Decade: Experience Invest

Average House Prices Approach £300,000

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Welcome, you’re arrived at the Experience Invest blog. We work hard to keep you abreast of the latest UK residential and commercial property market news and analysis. New figures have indicated to us that average English and Welsh house prices are fast approaching £300,000. Renters market  Figures from the Office for National Statistics suggest that the current average UK house price is £290,000. Meanwhile, the Town and Country Planning Association has stated that Britain needs to build 240,000 new homes every year until 2031 to meet current demand for residential property. High demand, coupled with low supply, has forced many first time buyers in the UK to rent while waiting to get onto the property ladder. Newspaper The Independent reports that research from the Association of Residential Letting Agents shows first time UK buyers have already spent an average of £52,900 on rent, as of 2016. On average, London buyers now spend £68,300 on rent before purchasing a residential property and 20% of UK tenants don’t believe they’ll ever get onto the property ladder. Rising house prices A new study from online real estate firm Rightmove suggests that average house prices will soon hit £300,000. According to the research, the average price of a house in England and Wales rose by 2.9% to £299,287 in February 2016 – the highest increase since October 2015. Commenting on these figures Rightmove director Miles Shipside said: “The new year’s market has hit the ground running in many locations, continuing last year’s momentum and resulting in the price of property coming to the market hitting a new high.” However, the research found that there was a 5% rise in the number of new residential properties on the market when compared to the same period last year and the supply of units for first time […]

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Stamp Duty Changes Leads to Fall in Super Prime London Property Sales

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Hello, you’ve reached the Experience Invest blog, where we make it our mission to bring you all the latest UK property news. New figures have shown us that changes in stamp duty rates led to a fall in ‘super prime’ London property sales last year. Stamp duty Under UK law, you must pay a tax called ‘stamp duty’ if you buy a property or land over a certain price threshold in England. New stamp duty rates came into effect in December 2014. At present you must pay the tax on residential properties worth at least £125,000 and on non-residential land and properties worth a minimum of £150,000. Property Wire reports that a new study from UK property agent Knight Frank has shown that the change in stamp duty rate led to a fall in super prime London property sales in 2015. Knight Frank defined ‘super prime’ property as units worth at least £10 million and the sale of these properties in London dropped by a third last year. Super prime sales According to Knight Frank, the stamp duty changes increased the transaction tax on a £10 million property from £700,000 to £1.1 million – a rise of 4%. Consequently, the number of super prime transactions completed by Knight Frank fell by 14% over the same period as the stamp duty increased. Meanwhile, the report found that price growth in London’s super prime property market remains subdued, following a pronounced slowdown in recent years. Average super prime property prices in the UK capital expanded by 0.5% in the year to December 2015. But Knight Frank noted that a third of all new builds in London last year were for projects worth more than £10 million – up from a fifth in 2012. Absorbing the shock Explaining these figures, Knight Frank suggested […]

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Buy-to-Let Rents Show Robust Growth in January 2016

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You’ve arrived at the Experience Invest blog. We work hard to bring you all the latest British residential and commercial property news you need to know. New figures indicate that UK buy-to-let rents showed robust growth in January 2016. Investor returns ‘Buy-to-let refers to the practise of purchasing a residential property and then letting it out to tenants in order to earn rental profit. The Guardian reports that a study conducted by economists at the Wriglesworth Consultancy showed that buy-to-let returns rose by almost 1,400% from 1996, the year specialist buy-to-let mortgages were introduced, to the end of 2014. Rental growth The Latest HomeLet Rental Index suggests that buy-to-let returns remained strong for investors heading into 2016. Property news portal Introducer Today wrote that the Index suggested that UK rents (excluding Greater London) increased by 5.5% in the last year, while Greater London rents rose by 6.2% during the same period. The Index showed that UK rental growth remained strong in the three months to January 2016. During this period, rents rose in 11 out of 12 UK regions when compared with the same period the year before. Excluding Greater London, the average UK rent now sits at £740 per month. Strong demand Commenting on the release of the Index Martin Totty, CEO of Barbon Insurance Group, which owns HomeLet, said: “There is still strong demand for rental properties, driven mainly by the impact of the long term structural imbalance in supply and demand of property.” Meanwhile, the average rent for a new tenancy in Greater London is now £1,510. The Index suggested that rent prices for new tenancies in the UK capital rose at their slowest rate for two years over the past 12 months. Continuing, Totty added: “In recent years, the capital has seen much faster rates of increase […]

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UK Commercial Property Sees Record Year

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Hello and welcome back to the Experience Invest blog, where we bring you the latest UK property sector news. A record amount of money flowed into the UK’s commercial property sector in 2015. Booming market The latest survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) shows that confidence is strong in all UK commercial property sectors. Property Wire reported that compared to the previous quarter, 43% more surveyors saw a rise in demand for industrial space in the final quarter of 2015. Meanwhile, 29% said the same of UK office space while 26% more saw increased demand for retail property in the final three months of last year. As such, 35% more chartered surveyors questioned projections that rents will rise across all UK commercial property sectors in the first quarter of 2016. This may be because new data from Lambert Smith Hampton found that UK commercial property returns measured 13% in 2015, although the firm added that as capital growth slows, this should fall to 9% this year. Funds flowing Financial news site The Wall Street Journal reported that the Lambert Smith Hampton study also found that a record £63.4 billion of investment flowed into UK commercial property in 2015. This is a rise of 4% on the year before and this record commercial property inflow was boosted by a 23% investment increase in the final three months of the year. Alternative commercial property was the most successful asset class in 2015. Last year it saw £14.8 billion in investment, a 4% increase on 2014. Out of this total, £8.2 billion was invested in hotel and leisure assets, while £4.6 billion was devoted to Britain’s student accommodation sector. Also, foreign investment in the UK’s commercial property market rose by 9% in 2015, meaning international buyers now account for 50% […]

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UK Housing Market Confidence Remains Strong

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You’ve arrived at the Experience Invest blog. We strive to keep you up-to-date on all the latest British property market news and analysis. A new study has indicated that UK housing market confidence held strong in the closing quarter of 2015. Market Confidence Tracker Lender Halifax has just released its latest quarterly Market Confidence Tracker Index. Online industry portal Property Wire reported that the Index showed that UK house price confidence remained strong in the last three months of 2015. 61% of respondents think residential property values will keep increasing in 2016 – this is down from 68% in May but still represents the majority of opinion. Furthermore, 13% of respondents believe house prices are set to rise by at least 10% this year. Commenting on the release of the Index Craig McKinlay, Halifax mortgages director said: “Solid economic growth, rising real earnings and falls in already very low mortgage rates are all stimulating housing. At the same time, there is an increasingly acute imbalance between supply and demand, which is causing property prices to rise at a robust pace.” Continuing, McKinlay added: “This situation, which is unlikely to reverse significantly in the short term, is reflected in the public’s continuing high levels of optimism regarding house price growth over the coming 12 months.” Consumer sentiment The Index found that positive selling sentiment rose in the last three months of 2015. Over half of respondents (55%) said that the next year would be a good time to sell a home – a 3% rise from the quarter before. In contrast, just 29% said that the next 12 months would be a bad time to put a property on the market – down 3% from the previous Index. Halifax also looked at positive buying sentiment – whether people believe the next […]