UK Land Investment versus Overseas Property Investing

July 6th, 2012 11:05 am

Buying UK Land has been the choice for many top investors until the UK government has stated it will not allow any greenbelt or greenfield land to be developed for future housing. Many investors are now holding land that can never be built on due to the restrictions imposed by the UK government.

There are thousands of investors that have bought land in the UK, hoping that they will gain planning permission in the near future. Thus, hoping for a huge return on their investment. One must thread carefully when approached by any UK land investment companies or land banking companies as they refer to themselves.

Buying land can generate substantial returns in the long run, if you are willing to wait it out for 20 to 30 years or perhaps longer. The returns can generate 1000% on your investment.

If you are buying land, remember it is a speculative investment. It is a long term investment which is not generating any income for your investment dollars.

This is why many UK and European investors are now rushing to buy overseas properties while the UK Pound and Euro is at it’s strongest level.

While buying an overseas property can be time consuming, it can be rewarding if you know what you are doing. Many investors are novices when it comes to buying property overseas.

Investors are are stuck with several questions when investing in the overseas real estate market.
Where to Buy?, Legal Procedures?, Government restrictions?, etc.

Whether you are buying a vacation home or an investment property, you should consider spending the extra money in hiring the right professionals to handle your purchases.

With the UK Pound at it’s strongest level, UK investors are now rushing to areas in the US, Croatia, Cyprus and Bulgaria to take advantage of their strong currency.

UK and European investors are now taking advantage of the dropping US dollar. Thus, buying up several US based real estate properties to add to their portfolios. Their main objective is buying distressed properties at a low discount and flipping it for a huge mark up. The US foreclosure market is at it’s highest level. Finding properties that will make short term profits has never been easier.

There are investors that have seen 15%-30% returns in a matter of weeks. The 2007 US real estate market will be an exciting one if you play your cards right.

There are many companies that help in the acquisition, rehabilitation and liquidation of distressed properties. They are experts in all phases of real estate transactions, including locating profitable investments, fair market analysis, property development and renovations.

Investment in Real Estate in the UK

June 27th, 2012 11:09 am

With the advent of globalization, where the world has come closer together, it has become very easy for people who want to invest to tap any market of their choice. However, one of the major markets for investors has been the real estate sector. The same goes with the United Kingdom. The main attractive point of United Kingdom is that it has adhered to its fundamentals and the demand has surpassed the supply.

However, investment in real estate in the UK is different and unique from that in other countries. This is evident with the presence of various investment fueling measures such as the vibrant Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and Property Authorized Investment Fund (PAIF).The United Kingdom is considered one of the emerging markets for the REITs. However, the main attraction for investors is the presence of PAIF. The PAIF is exclusively designed are offered to non-UK investors.

Locations worth investing in Real Estate in the UK

The main location worth investing in the real estate sector in the United Kingdom is London for its obvious features. Housing prices in London are showing an upward trend and rose by 0.1%. London also has a lot in store in terms of buy-to-let property. London scores over the entire United Kingdom taken together into consideration. There has also been a tremendous demand for residential properties in London. Apart from London, there are also tremendous opportunities worth investing in an around the vicinity of London. East London has become the hub for investors. The huge amounts spent for its infrastructure and for residential developments have made East London a hotspot.

Places like Castle and Elephant, due to improving transportation links, are also becoming popular and are witnessing a surge in prices. Places such as Crystal Palace, West Croydon, and Dalston Junction are also going to benefit largely from the underground line extension. Durham, owing to its massive student population, is also turning out to be one of the promising locations for buy-to-let properties. Optimized locations such as Chelsea and Kensington are already attracting overseas purchasers.

The other key location worth investing in real estate in United Kingdom is the Northeast region, where property prices are reaching record heights. There was as much as 3.1% surge in the property prices in the Northeast region. Vibrant cities and a great coastline make the region attractive to both homeowners as well as investors. The Thames Gateway Project has brought Woolwich in the limelight whereas the City of London and the Canary Wharf areas of London are gaining more and more importance due to the upcoming Docklands Light Railway extension.