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....As well as using the bond markets, authorities are taking out cheap loans from the Public Works Loan Board, a Treasury agency, as they plough money into property developments and other investments. Councils spent at least £1bn on property investments last year. ... [Read full article on Guardian ]
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A £7,600-plus service charge on my flat above a shop is bankrupting me image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Friday 1st of September 2017 12:17:45 PM
....And if you were wondering what Heinz has got to do with all this, it turns out that the global food giant isn’t just making money from baked beans, tomato ketchup and the like. It also owns a portfolio of property investments – including the freehold of Thompson’s leasehold flat, where she has lived for 14 years. ...
Aberdeen joins councils raising money by selling bonds as cuts bite image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 31st of August 2017 05:27:32 PM
....As well as using the bond markets, authorities are taking out cheap loans from the Public Works Loan Board, a Treasury agency, as they plough money into property developments and other investments. Councils spent at least £1bn on property investments last year. ...
Buy-to-let landlords: Five top tips that could save you THOUSANDS image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of August 2017 08:30:00 AM
Let’s move to Hove, East Sussex: ‘It attracts more young people than anywhere in the country’ image
.... Stratospheric property prices in Brighton risk turning the place into Notting Hill-on-Sea, with all the dirtiness of an antiseptic wipe. Hove, meanwhile, though hardly cheap, retains un-spruced-up fringes, where those less interested in property investment portfolios but still hankering after sea air, like-minded people and kiss-me-quick can just about survive. ...
Trouble in the Dales as holiday homes become the new buy-to-let image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 1st of July 2017 06:00:06 AM
....Bainbridge is one of the prettiest villages in the Yorkshire Dales, with its wide open village green, ancient stocks and shady trees. But it is also at the heart of what many expect to be the next boom in property investment, as speculators deterred from traditional buy-to-let by new taxes and lending criteria pour into holiday lets instead. ...
Santander rescues rival Banco Popular from collapse image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of June 2017 06:32:55 AM
....Banco Popular was described by the European Central Bank (ECB) as "failing or likely to fail" due to its dwindling cash reserves. The bank has struggled after billions in property investments turned sour. ...
Serious Fraud Office warns of £120m pension scam image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 27th of May 2017 06:00:20 AM
.... It adds that more than 1,000 individual investors are thought to be affected by the alleged fraud, though it presumably thinks the number could be higher as it is asking people who have paid into these schemes between 2011 and 2017 to complete a questionnaire available on its website. One brochure, issued by a property investment company, boasted of a 14% average annual yield. ...
Buy a home, get a car free: offers galore as London estate agents struggle to sell image
.... Garrington said the “hipster hotspot” of Hackney saw sales collapse by more than a third in 2016, and there have been few signs of a recovery since. LCP, a property investment company, blamed big hikes in stamp duty for a collapse in sales. ...
Landlord tax changes come into effect TODAY: 'Renting will be more expensive', say critics image
....Two-thirds of landlords plan to increase rents as tax relief for mortgage interest is cut by the Government, research from the Residential Landlords Association (RLA) showed. Relief on borrowing costs has been reduced to the basic rate of income tax, and over the next three years cut to zero, which will erode returns for landlords and discourage property investment, said the trade group. ...
Student digs in Britain giving first-class returns image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of March 2017 03:40:59 PM
. Forget multimillion-pound luxury flats on the Thames or gleaming towers overlooking Hyde Park, some of the most sought-after property investments are now student halls of residence. ...
‘Housing should be seen as a human right. Not a commodity’ | Patrick Butler image
.... Many subsidise it through tax breaks and bank bailouts, while simultaneously slashing public spending on social housing programmes. Others openly encourage it, offering rich individual foreign investors citizenship (“golden visas”) in return for property investment. ...
Will we pay higher stamp duty on a buy-to-let property? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 16th of February 2017 11:10:19 AM
....You will also have to pay income tax at your highest rate on your share of the rental income, plus capital gains tax (CGT) if you sell the property for more than you paid for it, and possibly inheritance tax (IHT) because the property will form part of your estate on your death. Given all the taxes that will have to be paid and given your reasons for wanting to buy the property, I wonder whether property investment is the most suitable way of providing for your children and your retirement. ...
Foreign billionaires in London choosing to rent to avoid stamp duty image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Sunday 12th of February 2017 04:04:20 PM
....Some owners who had listed their luxury properties for sale are choosing to let them out instead. Rupert Bradstock, a partner at a luxury London property investment fund, said he and his partners decided to rent out all of the multimillion-pound Kensington homes the fund had bought rather than sell them. ...
Snow cabins and jungle showers: the latest perks of a luxury London flat image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 28th of December 2016 01:59:49 PM
....The perks are being offered as demand for the most expensive new homes in the capital falls dramatically, forcing some developers and estate agents to look for novel ways to encourage sales. Nine newly built homes worth more than £5m were sold in the six months to October, down 83% on the same period in 2015, according to analysis of Land Registry data published earlier this month by property investment company LCP. ...
Share Hunter: Sports Directs first half results hit by slide in pound  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Sunday 11th of December 2016 06:14:00 PM
....By all accounts, major brands have recently started turning their noses up at the prospect of selling their top products in Sports Direct’s increasingly chaotic stores. In this context, the £300million per annum property investment programme seems like a more sensible use of company funds. ...
UK luxury homes market slumps after Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 7th of December 2016 07:36:12 PM
. London’s luxury home market has collapsed over the past six months as tax changes and uncertainty around Brexit have deterred buyers from both the UK and overseas, a property investment firm has claimed. ...
Bank of England clampdown on buy-to-let mortgages image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 17th of November 2016 04:38:00 PM
....The Bank of England has previously sounded the alarm over buy-to-let mortgages and said the boom in British landlords risks a house price crash. In a bid to deter property investment, former chancellor George Osborne introduced an extra three per cent stamp duty for second home buyers earlier this year. ...
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Source : BBC [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of November 2016 03:07:42 PM
Forgotten tax is more pain than gain image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 21st of September 2016 01:40:00 PM
....” . It follows the boom in buy-to-let property investment, with novice landlords getting stung when they sell. ...
Tony Blair to close most of his commercial ventures image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 20th of September 2016 04:57:01 PM
.... After stepping down, he served as a Middle East envoy for eight years. He and his wife Cherie also have substantial property investments in the UK. ...
Owning a property is BETTER than a pension, says Bank of England economist image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 29th of August 2016 10:43:00 AM
....” . Regarding property investment, she said: “No one should put all their eggs in one basket, especially one that’s in a bubble as a result of policy pursued by the Bank of England. ...
Wharf fare image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 9th of August 2016 11:29:26 PM
.... . Left to the normal rules of property investment and commercial banking, Bristolians would almost certainly be drinking coffee from the same chain cafes you would find in Birmingham or Bradford. ...
James Bond studio Pinewood to be sold image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 28th of July 2016 02:00:13 PM
....Pinewood Group's two biggest shareholders have tentatively agreed to sell the famous film and television studios to a property investor. The deal depends on Aermont, which runs property investment funds, securing financing in the next four weeks. ...
Boost for first-time buyers as fears of house price dip sparks £2.9bn property fund freeze image
. The seemingly un-stoppable housing market is likely to level out or even dip as nervous investors pull cash out of property investments amid fears the market in Britain could crumble. ...
House prices stable after Brexit as weak pound sees ‘bargain’ prices for foreign investors image
....Mr Bridges added: “After the shock of the referendum, calm will return to the market and people will see the bright lights of London are undimmed. “London’s reputation as a valuable property investment hotspot remains undiminished and the capital will continue to attract an abundance of potential buyers. ...
Major Singapore bank to suspend lending for London properties over EU leave vote image
....United Overseas Bank said it would “temporarily stop” issuing the loans because of heightened uncertainty following the Brexit decision. “As the aftermath of the UK referendum is still unfolding and given the uncertainties, we need to ensure our customers are cautious with their London property investments,” a spokeswoman said. ...
Singapore bank halts lending for London properties over Brexit vote image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 08:03:06 AM
....United Overseas Bank said it would “temporarily stop” issuing the loans because of heightened uncertainty following the Brexit decision. “As the aftermath of the UK referendum is still unfolding and given the uncertainties, we need to ensure our customers are cautious with their London property investments,” a spokeswoman said. ...
Brexit: Singapore bank UOB suspends London property loans image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 30th of June 2016 03:28:27 AM
....". "As the aftermath of the UK referendum is still unfolding and given the uncertainties, we need to ensure our customers are cautious with their London property investments. ...
Bank of England governor rejects accusations of bias over EU referendum image
....Earlier this month, the Bank of England gave a stark warning that a vote to leave the EU could push the economy into recession. The report said the economy had already begun to suffer the effects of the uncertainty surrounding the referendum outcome, pushing down the value of sterling and discouraging commercial property investment in the UK. ...
Rents rise across almost ALL of Britain as new landlord tax takes effect image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Friday 6th of May 2016 04:50:00 PM
....9 per cent in the three months to March, excluding London. Martin Totty, chief executive officer of Barbon, said: "We will have to see whether landlords try to pass their higher costs on, whether buy-to-let property investment diminishes in popularity and whether tenants are able to afford further increases in rents. ...
Rents continue to rise across the UK and in London image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 5th of May 2016 06:01:44 AM
....Totty said landlords could be “feeling the squeeze” after taxation changes, with changes to the wear and tear allowance landlords can claim coming alongside the stamp duty surcharge. “We will have to see whether landlords try to pass their higher costs on, whether buy-to-let property investment diminishes in popularity and whether tenants are able to afford further increases in rents,” he said. ...
Reiss sold to US private equity firm image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of April 2016 09:14:50 AM
....But the firm has been looking for an investor to help fund overseas expansion for over a year as none of his three children wanted to run the business. Son Darren sits on Reiss’s board as a non-executive director but runs his own property investment business after years working in banking. ...
London set for more than 35,000 new luxury homes in next decade image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 11th of April 2016 04:02:29 PM
....In February the developer behind luxury flats in Earls Court in west London spoke of “challenging conditions” resulting from an greater supply of properties and tax changes. A month later, the property investment firm LCP said an oversupply of new homes in some parts of London was likely to bring down prices. ...
China sees industrial profits grow at start of 2016 image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Monday 28th of March 2016 11:02:16 PM
....7% in December 2015, which was the seventh straight month of decline. “The recovery in property investment has helped industrial profits return to positive growth,” said Zhang Wenlang, an analyst at CITIC Securities. ...
Poetry or property punts: what's driving China's love affair with Cambridge? image
.... With further amendments in the pipeline to boost this lucrative tourist trade, these figures are only set to increase. But the Chinese are not just interested in Cambridge as a holiday location; they also view it as a key region for property investment. ...
Budget 2016: Are YOU a LOSER to George Osborne's spending cuts? image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Wednesday 16th of March 2016 02:17:00 PM
....*Buy-to-let investorsThe Chancellor extended the three per cent stamp duty charge to all second-home buyers after previously sheltering large scale companies from the charge. Residential property will also be excluded from cuts announced today for Capital Gains Tax creating further discouragement on property investment. ...
What next for China's property market? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 16th of February 2016 10:07:08 PM
.... Wanda, another major Chinese developer, is building one of the tallest residential buildings in western Europe at Nine Elms in South London. But could this surge of Chinese property investment be dangerous for the UK, deepening British exposure to a future Chinese property crash? . ...
L&G to build 3,000 rental homes image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 27th of January 2016 03:35:00 PM
.... It has signed up the pension manager PGGM to contribute to the building programme, with an initial £600m commitment between the pair. The companies hope the rental revenues will generate income to pay their life insurance customers, while putting some of their capital to work in long-term property investment. ...
London rejected from the 10 best European cities for investing in property  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 13th of January 2016 05:00:01 AM
Where in London can you afford to rent? There's only a few places left image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 7th of January 2016 05:00:05 AM
.... . But huge variation in rents across the capital means that there is still hope for many, according to research from property investment firm CBRE, which examined 32 cities around the world. ...
Don't bet against deflation's return image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of January 2016 01:35:03 PM
....e. those without property investments) hold at least one form of unsecured debt, and around one in eight of them report that their debt repayments are a heavy burden. ...
Buy-to-let tax raid: Landlords raise full £50,000 for judicial review image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Tuesday 5th of January 2016 12:58:22 PM
.... . • Use Telegraph Money's buy-to-let calculator to see how your own property investments will be affected . ...
New year's resolutions are hard to keep - ask Mike Ashley image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Monday 4th of January 2016 05:59:23 PM
.... Sceptical eyebrows were further raised by new Sunday Telegraph revelations at the weekend that Murray’s primary professional experience is in running student club nights and festivals. His qualifications for running the £250m property investment fund of Sports Direct appear, with all the charity of the season, thin at best. ...
The 21 best money quotes of 2015 image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 2nd of January 2016 07:32:56 AM
.... "Today’s hyperactive secondary markets meet the demands of financial market professionals, not the needs of savers. We need intermediaries who are familiar with business, who understand the housing market and other forms of property investment, and who, like good retailers, are driven by the needs of their customers. ...
Buy-to-let tax raid: 600 landlords donate £42,000 to fund judicial review image
.... . • Use Telegraph Money's buy-to-let calculator to see how your own property investments will be affected . ...
Property: living in hope of finding a home of your own image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 29th of December 2015 07:00:01 AM
.... Within 35 minutes, 126 buyers between them had paid £212,900 for the Surrey property. The site, launched in January 2015, offers access to property investment for a lump sum of as little as £50 to those who either can’t raise the funds to buy a property on their own, or would prefer to spread their risk. ...
Buy-to-let investors to challenge tax hike in court image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 26th of December 2015 01:03:32 AM
.... Scroll down for a worked example of how the tax change will impact buy-to-let investors . • Use Telegraph Money's buy-to-let calculator to see how your own property investments will be affected . ...
David Brent office estate in Slough sells for £325m image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 24th of December 2015 09:42:51 AM
.... . The site, on the Slough Trading Estate, has been bought by property investment fund AEW Europe, part of French investment bank Natixis. ...
Investment trusts in 2015: which returned 50pc for investors?    image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Wednesday 23rd of December 2015 10:51:27 AM
.... But the reason for the share price rise is not down to a property boom taking place in India. Instead, the trust is in the process of selling down its property investments and then returning cash to shareholders, and this has greatly influenced the price. ...
New landlord tax will cost up to 14 months of income  image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Monday 14th of December 2015 10:13:00 AM
. George Osborne unveiled a stinging 3 per cent stamp duty surcharge, set to be slapped on to buyers hoping to use their savings to purchase a secure property investment, in last month's Autumn Statement. ...
The end for Britain's biggest landlord marks the start of the great buy-to-let sell-off image
.... . The Chancellor, it seems, is determined to close down property investment to individuals, preferring instead to encourage investment companies to become Britain’s biggest landlords, and then leaning on them to build more homes. ...
Landlords bear brunt of rates rises, hurting wider UK economy image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 10th of December 2015 06:25:05 PM
.... Over the next five years, projected increases in rates could lead to £1. 75bn in commercial property investment being scrapped. ...
Wealthy foreigners shy away from UK as investment threshold hits £2m image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Wednesday 9th of December 2015 06:00:47 AM
....Up until late last year, applicants needed to have access to at least £1m in investment funds to apply. However, under new rules introduced in November 2014 the minimum threshold was increased to £2m, excluding investment in companies mainly engaged in property investment, property management or property development. ...
Fraud allegations in pension sales image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Tuesday 8th of December 2015 10:57:26 AM
.... Toby Whittaker of Store First says he did pass on returns to Transeuro and does not know why the schemes did not receive them. Toby Whittaker and Mike Talbot had previously operated Dylan Harvey, a property investment company that collapsed owing investors millions. ...
John Duffield's new investment outfit grows assets to £1.25bn image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 6th of December 2015 07:12:41 PM
.... Multi-asset strategies fared relatively well, thanks to a new partnership with Pantheon Financial that brought in additional customers. Meanwhile, Brompton’s property investments suffered from adverse movements in the euro and the Australian dollar. ...
Family ties revealed in Ashley’s Sports Direct empire  image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 5th of December 2015 07:00:25 PM
.... . Since April, Mr Murray has been given senior roles at MGM Grand Newcastle Limited, which is linked to the football team; Mash Services, which shares the same address as Mash Beta, the tycoon’s personal financial holding company; T&M Leisure Reading, which is believed to be focused on Mr Ashley’s gym ventures; and McGrove Developments, the entrepreneur’s property investment firm. ...
Bank of England scrutinises 'vulnerable' buy-to-let mortgages image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 1st of December 2015 12:41:05 PM
.... Foreign lenders are stepping in and now account for 60% of all new lending to commercial property, the Bank said. The Bank also noted that the scale of borrowing to fund commercial property investments had increased in London. ...
Osborne has opted to put the economy on a riskier path image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Saturday 28th of November 2015 05:08:39 PM
.... The tight property market in many of our big cities means landlords will pass this cost on, with rents likely to rise. That’s particularly true seeing as the stamp duty hike probably won’t apply to large property investment companies, disadvantaging small single-unit landlords – those likely to accept a kinder rental rate in return for low-hassle tenants. ...
Do new stamp duty taxes mean bye-bye buy to let? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Saturday 28th of November 2015 06:59:01 AM
....Some will feel that the squeeze makes buy to let significantly less appealing and will look to invest elsewhere. “First, he allows people to take cash from their pensions and, naturally, many folks said they might put it directly into residential property investments. ...
Four KPMG partners arrested over 'tax evasion' image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 11:02:18 PM
.... . The four are also are directors of a property investment company called JEAP. ...
Four senior KPMG partners arrested in HMRC tax evasion inquiry image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 01:54:09 PM
....Among the other KPMG executives arrested on Wednesday was Paul Hollway who is the firm’s head of corporate finance in Ireland. As well as their work for KPMG, the four men are directors of a property investment company called JEAP Ltd. ...
KPMG heads arrested in HMRC tax probe image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 26th of November 2015 11:14:33 AM
....Mr Hollway is the firm's head of corporate finance in Ireland. Aside from their KPMG roles, the four men are directors in a property investment company called JEAP Ltd. ...
UK inflation is negative again, but what does this mean for consumers? image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Tuesday 17th of November 2015 10:20:56 AM
....Ingram says buy-to-let landlords should be especially mindful of the future cost of their debts in a scenario where house prices and rents may cease to increase year on year and may even fall. “Property investors who are not cash buyers need to be aware that a deflationary market will increase the illiquid nature of property investments, the time taken to sell and realise capital is likely to increase, so only those who can afford to wait to realise their investment can afford this risk. ...
Buy-to-let is taxed more in Britain than Germany, France or US - before the new tax image
.... Even when considering a limited company structure, some were looking to invest outside Britain, particularly in the US, said Misiewicz. Because the buy-to-let tax was introduced without consultation and applies retrospectively, many investors fear the Government could make further changes that would make even limited company property investment unviable here. ...
Why holiday homes will be the next buy-to-let boom image
Source : Telegraph [Read Article] Sunday 8th of November 2015 07:55:23 AM
.... . Desirable tax breaks add to the appeal of holiday-home ownership – at a time when the Government is slashing tax reliefs associated with other property investments, such as buy-to-let. ...
What does China own in the UK? image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Monday 19th of October 2015 11:05:57 PM
....But energy has not been China's primary interest in the UK. In fact, property investments far outweigh those in energy. ...
City News: Car industry, Burberry, Tesco and WH Smith image
Source : Daily Express [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 05:11:00 PM
.... . The sites across London, the South-east and Bath are being sold to property investment management firm Meyer Bergman, marking “further progress against Tesco’s strategic priority of protecting and strengthening its balance sheet”. ...
Tesco sells off supermarket sites to property investors image
Source : Guardian [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 11:55:45 AM
. Tesco has agreed to sell 14 development sites to property investment firm Meyer Bergman for £250m, as part of its decision to mothball a series of planned large supermarkets. ...
Tesco sells mothballed sites for £250m image
Source : BBC [Read Article] Thursday 15th of October 2015 06:39:38 AM
....The decision was part of the supermarket's revival strategy. Tesco is selling the sites to Meyer Bergman, a property investment firm. ...

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