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United Kingdom | 3 Reasons why UK property is worth to buy

Owning a property is a dream for every Hong Kong person. However, Hong Kong’s property prices have risen a lot and it’s difficult for Hong Kong citizens to have one. Compared with the sky-high prices in Hong Kong, overseas property is becoming a choice. The UK has been a popular choice as we have BNO which is easy to immigrate to the UK.

A good time to enter the market 

According to Knight Frank data, the number of UK exchanges in July 2021 was 21% below the five-year average. Moreover, the nationwide house index decreased from 8.7% to 7.8%. It is believed the UK real estate market took a hit during the pandemic. However, it is good news to investors since the housing prices are at a more reasonable stage. 

Besides, The American Federal Reserve Bank is starting to taper their repurchase of external debt and Q3 non-agricultural employment data happens to be way lower than expected. It can be foreseen that the tapering would be postponed as it is still not the time to release the inflation to the public. It is a great time to purchase assets now before tapering begins again.

“Help To Buy” Policy

The UK government has now added a “Help To Buy” policy to lower the threshold for the first phase of a new building. It also provides a home equity loan of more than 15% (up to 40% in London) to assist any first home buyer aged 18 or above. With a 5% first installment, you can use the policy to buy a new building. This round of policy will last until March 2023 (2022 in Scotland). If Hong Kong people are successfully hired after arriving in the UK, and have established sufficient credit scores and records, this policy can apply for them as well.

A path towards stability

The stock market has always been a volatile location. With previous disasters such as the depression in the 30s or the stock market crash earlier last year. These are all situations that every savvy investor wants to avoid. It is also no secret that real estate is a surefire way to maintain value and keep your money, but the question is how much?

Even though you can ensure that you would not go bankrupt with having property, the benefit also lies in the possibility of making money, thus the name of “investment”. As the rental yields are so high in the UK, it really is a foolproof plan. There are constantly tenets looking to rent and buy, no matter in what financial climate in the United Kingdom. With that you can always turn a profit on top of keeping your assets intact in dire scenarios.

Risk and Reward 

The most important part of investing is to manage risk and return.  The higher the risk of an action, the higher the reward it will bring to justify the investment in it.  And the current low risk and high return make purchasing a property a good investment.

   Whether you buy and sell real estate business for your own use or long-term investment, the UK market can meet your needs.  Like the slow pace of life in Merseyside or the fast pace of central London, there is always a place in the UK for you.

Conclusion

Whether or not you choose the UK as the next place to look for an overseas property, we hope these points help clarify what aspects of a country you should be clear about before investing in property. There is no one size fits all answer. 

Whatever is your preference, Denzity is here to help you make a better decision. Our Portal lists many overseas properties managed by trusted real estate companies all over the world. If there is a place to find your dream home this would be it! Watch out for upcoming videos that will take a deeper dive into the area. 

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Please note all the above stated is opinion only and does not constitute proper investment advice. Denzity is not liable for any investment decisions that result from following the opinions outlined above.

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It’s 2021: Where Can You Invest in the London Property Market?

  • The mortgage approval rate is up 827% since last year.
  • Stamp duty has been waived – saving buyers up to £ 15,000
  • Retail investment is up £290m in 1 month

The UK offers relative stability and transparency, with London at the core of it’s market as one of the major metro areas of the world.

A hub for overseas property investment, the demand foreign buyers have been responsible for as much as a 20% increase in prices. The city is home to millions of immigrants and is often the primary choice of investors due to its geographically convenient location and growing scope of opportunities.

Stamp duty has been waived for the bulk of 2021, releasing the pent up demand from Covid.

A quick history…

Pre-pandemic, Prime Central London (PCL) prices suffered due to “higher rates of stamp duty and political uncertainty,” cites a 2019 Knight Frank report, pushing the average price for existing homes below their 5-year average.

Property in popular neighbourhoods fell up to £200/sq foot below average: Hyde Park, St John’s Wood, Chelsea, South Kensington, Kensington, Belgravia, Knightsbridge and Mayfair in PCL ranged between £1,000 to less than £2,000/sq foot.

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Covid-19 made an immediate, obvious impact throughout 2020, with an initial crash followed by volatility, spurred by quarantine and mass uncertainty. However, in March of this year – 2021 – property transactions were the highest in a decade in Prime Central London. In other words, the property market was at its most active in the last 5 years.

Price growth began at the beginning of 2021, and demand will continue to grow as travel eases, vaccines take effect, and investors realize the opportunity to break in before supply is snatched up at a premium.

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London remains a strong investment location for capital appreciation assets. 

The demand for properties in the city still grows, and investors are encouraged to view it broken down in the 5 main areas mentioned below:

  • Central London
    • West End, Covent Garden, South Bank, London Bridge, Chinatown, City of London;
  • North London
    • Barnet, Enfield, and Haringey;
  • South London
    • Bromley, Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Merton, Sutton, and Wandsworth;
  • East London
    • Collondale, Saxilby, Brookville;
  • West London
    • Popular neighbourhoods: South Kensington, Notting Hill, Fulham, Hammersmith, Shepherd’s Bush, Kew, Twickenham;

As far as investment goes, reallymoving.com suggests the following areas in terms of pricing, transportation, environment and other factors that are to be considered pre-purchase:

  1. Barking and Dagenham
  2. Havering
  3. Leyton
  4. Battersea
  5. Bloomsbury

They also have this article on organizing a home move to London.

A large construction project in Battersea, London.

Wile London is on track to recover from its a recent turbulent timeline, smaller metro areas and submarkets are increasingly being viewed by investors for their higher yields, watch our quick video on that here.

For more information on London, there are easily accessible market reports from the London Datastore – a public database – here.

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TOP 4 SOLID REASONS To Buy UK Property

Before purchasing any overseas property, investors must consider the advantages of the UK market. The country boasts the 4th best property market in the world, and is a strong buy.

1. Variety of Options

London Metro Area. The Northwest. East Midlands. Scotland. The UK boasts a wide variety of property that is often overshadowed by exorbitant prices in posh residential neighborhoods.

In fact, the laws of supply and demand give investors options from houses in Durham for under £ 60,000 pounds to an extravagant £ 13 million pound home in Belgravia. In other words, you can break into the market with under $100,000 USD.

This variation among asset classes means different ROIs based on your risk profile and long-term goal. For example, Even in the famously expensive London market, there is a wide variety of prices.

Multi-million pound homes in Knightsbridge and Westminster draw attention away from the surprising affordability of other London districts.

2. Extensive Transport Infrastructure

With over 70 airports, 40 major ports, excellent rail links, and toll-free motorways, the UK offers residents strong transport links. The connection between suburban and rural areas rank high among EU members and are only strengthening. On top of domestic railway lines, Eurostar also links the UK to the rest of Europe.

In May 2021, the Transport Minister has revealed plans to inject £401 million pounds into transport infrastructure. New stations will be built along the northern Transpennine route, especially between Leeds, Manchester, and York, along with upgrades between York and Church Fenton.

Record levels of transport investment will promote new property markets.

The respective locations’ real estate prices will mushroom as the investments in infrastructure are realized over the next few years, and have already seen surges in market energy.

3. Post-Covid Bounceback

Despite a new stamp duty for non-residents, property firm Strutt and Parker is predicting higher transaction volumes than last year. In fact, they have released a five-year forecast which estimates up to 35% growth.

On top of that, Prime Central London’s lettings have seen a YoY decline of -6.7%, compared to a worst-case prediction of -10%. While market indicators do not match pre-Covid peaks, they indicate a slow return that still offers an opportunity for investors to break in.

London is among one of many markets that is expected to bounce back.

The sector can see continued government support through planning system reforms and increasing demand for new-builds between homebuyers and investors.

4. Strong International Community

The UK and its popular metro areas have consistently attracted foreigners. So much so, that King’s College research shows foreign investment is responsible for prices being 3 times higher than they otherwise would be.

The country is home to millions of immigrants and is often the primary choice of investors due to its high level of internationality. In fact, only 20% of investment volume is purchased by UK citizens. In the same 2021 JLL market report, the research breaks down the purchaser nationality into the following percentages:

  1. USA: 36%
  2. UK 20%
  3. Hong Kong: 12%
  4. Czech Republic: 10%
  5. Germany: 10%
  6. China: 4%
  7. Other: 7%

The markets of the “new normal” are on a shaky recovery, though still offer plenty of options for professionals to invest their hard-earned cash. Going forward, policy changes in EU relations or stamp duty is sure to impact property prices, and our future publications will keep you up to date on property trends to be aware of in the UK.

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