Is now the time to buy up north? is capital growth on the way?

According to the ONS (Office for National Statistics) the house price ‘north-south’ divide has narrowed.   Property prices in the north west of England have pushed on strongly, whilst prices in London (and parts of the South East) have stalled and, in patches, have even fallen back a bit.   So, as a consequence, the…

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Bicurious? Part 3

The FTSE came into being in 1983 and was based at 1000 on 31st December 1983 meaning the index has grown by 400% to the present day. In the meantime the Nationwide Index (SRQI) has increased from 59.5 to 300.2, an increase of 504%, and the Halifax Seasonally Adjusted Index has risen from 102.3 to…

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Bicurious? Part 2

Now, in terms of curiosity, all investors will be wondering which investment will give the better return, and our buycurious investor will be wondering about the relative merits of property against any other type of investment. So let’s instantly dismiss deposit accounts and savings accounts from our list. Many banks are not even bothering to…

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Bicurious? Part 1

Bicurious or buycurious? If bipartisan can be defined as being where two, often opposed, parties are in agreement, and bilingual as describing an individual who can speak two languages, then bicurious can surely be defined as meaning a person who can be simultaneously interested in two distinctly different things. Well, no, not exactly, unless one…

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Property Prices April Fool Part Two

In my last post I talked about how the media can influence market confidence and how media coverage of the property market seems more positive now than it has been for a long time. As example I quoted the Daily Express of 1st April which reported that the Centre for Economics and Business Research is…

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Buy to Let Investors Optimistic About 2013

According to research released by Paragon Mortgages in February, 76% of landlords surveyed are optimistic about the prospects for the Private Rented Sector in 2013, with 41% expecting tenant demand to increase. Perhaps not surprisingly then 15% of landlords expect to buy more buy to let properties in 2013. Of those responding to the survey…

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Tenants Staying in Buy to Let Properties For Longer

According to research by the Association of Residential Letting Agents (ARLA) the average length of a tenant’s stay in a buy to let property has increased from 19 months in Q1 2012 to 20 months today. This is the longest period recorded so far. Almost 57% of ARLA agents report that there are more tenants…

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