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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 […]

London property market 'won't bounce back until 2021'

London property market 'won't bounce back until 2021'

London’s property market will not shake off its slump until 2021, when it will return to being the fastest growing part of the UK, economists have predicted. Average prices in the capital have fallen for the first time since the financial crisis this year, amid fears that the housing market could stagnate when the UK leaves the European Union in […]

The Luxury Property Show returns to London Olympia once again

The Luxury Property Show returns to London Olympia once again

The world’s top ten reported property sales were all priced above $100 million for the first time in the year to May 2017, new data from Christie’s International Real Estate has found. Luxury property, which was once an investment niche, is now a rapidly expanding marketplace. Meeting this demand, and the excitement surrounding this emerging […]

Stamp duty receipts have soared since reforms which have helped to paralyse the property market

Stamp duty receipts have soared since reforms which have helped to paralyse the property market

Stamp duty receipts have soared by a third in the three years since the system was changed, while paralysing the top end of the housing market by leading to fewer transactions. New figures from HMRC revealed that receipts have increased by 33pc since then Chancellor George Osborne hiked stamp duty for homes worth more than £925,000 in December 2014. This […]

Asian investors have accounted for almost half of major London property deals since the Brexit vote

Asian investors have accounted for almost half of major London property deals since the Brexit vote

Rumours of the demise of the capital’s foreign investor market are greatly exaggerated, it seems, after new research showed Asian investors have made up close to half of the value of the largest property deals since the Brexit vote. The research, by construction consultants McBains Cooper, analysed the 41 deals worth £100m or more completed […]

Tories plan clampdown on foreigners buying UK property in bid to stop first-time buyers being priced-out by investors

Tories plan clampdown on foreigners buying UK property in bid to stop first-time buyers being priced-out by investors

  Treasury plans to impose tougher restrictions on foreign buyers Whitehall source admits there’s an ‘issue’ with new flats being bought up by ‘Far Eastern buyers’ Move is a ploy to entice young voters away from Corbyn’s Labour First time property buyers will be given a helping hand under the Treasury’s plans to impose tougher […]