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New luxury houses drive St Johns Wood and Hampstead up London’s top ten address list

New luxury houses drive St Johns Wood and Hampstead up London’s top ten address list

New luxury developments, especially prime family houses, have increased the supply and sales levels of ultra-prime housing in both St John’s Wood and Hampstead, according to new research. The report conducted by north London estate agents Aston Chase, used sales data from property data source Lonres, and looks at sales records and local market intelligence, […]

New Zealand wants to ban rich foreign homebuyers. Labour, take note

New Zealand wants to ban rich foreign homebuyers. Labour, take note

Remember that first thrill of a Labour government arriving in office, armed with radical policies that eons of Conservative governments had always labelled impossible? Jacinda Ardern, New Zealand’s new prime minister, has just announced a ban on selling properties to foreigners. New Zealand has become a safe haven for the world’s hyper-rich, scared that Donald Trump will start […]

Investor and occupier demand for commercial property edges up in UK

Investor and occupier demand for commercial property edges up in UK

Both investor and occupier demand in the UK’s commercial property market edged up during the third quarter of 2017 but there is more caution around the central London market, the latest analysis report shows. There is also significant difference between sectors with industrial clearly outperforming the others and retail the weakest, according to the commercial […]

London Mansion Targets Wealthy Renters Avoiding Stamp Duty

London Mansion Targets Wealthy Renters Avoiding Stamp Duty

A home close to London’s Regent’s Park is targeting wealthy foreign renters and touting itself as the area’s first purpose-made build-to-rent mansion, according to a representative for Rokstone, who is handling the listing. 50 Cumberland Terrace, which Rokstone estimates is worth £16.5 million (US$21.76 million),is asking a sizable £43,335 (US$57,160) per month or £520,000 (US$685,890) per […]

Asian investors splash out £3.2bn snapping up 68% of all offices sold in London in the last three months

Asian investors splash out £3.2bn snapping up 68% of all offices sold in London in the last three months

Overseas buyers spent the most on London office space for fourth year running  The biggest was Hong Kong’s Lee Kum Kee who bought ‘Walkie Talkie’ for £1.3bn  UK investors sold around 65% of capital’s property in last financial quarter Asian investors have been splashing out record sums on offices in London. Buyers from the region spent […]

Weaker pound drives Indian shoppers to London

Weaker pound drives Indian shoppers to London

Indian shoppers were behind those from China and the US in London’s West End, but spent 38% more that they did last year, according to the New West End Company. A recent fall in the value of the pound has prompted a large number of tourists and shoppers from India and other countries to hit high-end retail stores in […]

London luxury property still glitzy for Middle East investors

London luxury property still glitzy for Middle East investors

Real estate, pound take hit amid Brexit concerns DUBAI (CNNMoney) – The weak pound and falling prices are encouraging Middle East investors to continue to pour millions into London luxury real estate despite concerns about Brexit. “They love London,” said Niccolo Barattieri di San Pietro, CEO of luxury property developer Northacre, which is owned by the […]

Royal London launches £2.7 billion UK real estate fund

Royal London launches £2.7 billion UK real estate fund

Royal London Asset Management (RLAM) has launched a UK property fund, the Royal London UK Real Estate Fund (RLUKREF), totalling £2.7 billion. The fund, open only to sophisticated institutional investors, is fully seeded by Royal London. RLUKREF will target prime properties in locations such as New Bond Street, Covent Garden and Trafalgar Square, across all […]

Stamp duty contribution in prime central London plummets

Stamp duty contribution in prime central London plummets

London Central Portfolio has carried out a detailed analysis of HMRC’s Annual Stamp Duty Statistics 2016-17, published on 30th September 2017 Residential Stamp Duty receipts increased 17 per cent to £8,590m in England and Wales due to the introduction of the 3 per cent Additional Rate Stamp Duty (ARSD), charged on purchases of second properties […]