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  • AirBnb: The Future of Property Investment?

    AirBnb: The Future of Property Investment?

    Since it’s launch in 2008, Airbnb has rapidly become one of the most affordable, quick, and simplest ways for individuals to rent a place to stay, both in the UK and overseas. For example, in March 2016, London was named as one of the top five cities in terms of places to stay in an Airbnb rental, with business growing at a rapid rate of 75% a year.

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  • What Will The Snap Election Mean For Property Investment?

    What Will The Snap Election Mean For Property Investment?

    On Wednesday 3rd May Parliament dissolved, as Politicians vacated their seats and once again returned to their constituencies to canvas votes for the general election on June 8th. It will be almost a year to the day that we were voting on Brexit, a vote that has set in motion a series of events that has left markets nervous, and rocked confidence in all sectors, property included. Or has it?

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  • Where are the most affordable property hotspots?

    Where are the most affordable property hotspots?

    Whether you are looking to buy the perfect family home in some secluded woodland paradise or looking for high returns on buy-to-let student housing, presented below are some of the best hotspot options for both buyers and investors alike.

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  • Manchester is the fastest growing city out of the south of England

    Manchester is the fastest growing city out of the south of England

    There has long been the assumption that London is the place to invest in property development or housing.

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  • Buy-to-Let Remains The Best Choice for Retirement

    Buy-to-Let Remains The Best Choice for Retirement

    The end of 2016 was upon us, and through the last sips of wine and the bountiful conversations you had with your relatives, you may find that you’re happy and fulfilled; but you were left wanting a little more substance in your later life, especially as you move towards, and into, retirement.

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  • 10 Top Tips for Property Investors

    10 Top Tips for Property Investors

    The current climate of volatile stock markets and low interest rates makes property an especially attractive investment for many.

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  • Is Manchester the Top City for Landlords?

    Is Manchester the Top City for Landlords?

    In the past, if you had asked landlords where the best place to invest in property in the UK would be, there's a good chance that London would have been one of the top answers.

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  • Will London House Prices Continue to Rise at This Rate?

    Will London House Prices Continue to Rise at This Rate?

    While the UK capital's house prices have seen increases above the rate of inflation in the years since the credit crunch, it looks like this growth is now slowing considerably.

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  • Property Investment Trends in 2017

    Property Investment Trends in 2017

    It's fair to say that 2016 has been a turbulent year for the property investment market here in the United Kingdom, with both Brexit and a range of tax relief proposals causing uncertainty. However, with 2017 fast approaching, can we expect to see some stability in the property investment sector next year?

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  • 5 of The Best Places to Invest in Property

    5 of The Best Places to Invest in Property

    If you do your research and look at investment properties outside of your preferred catchment area, then you could pick up a real bargain and come away with a sizable yield at the same time. Due to its high prices and demand for housing, London is often seen as one of the most desirable places to invest. However, here are five other great locations you may not have thought about before.

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  • How is Property Going to Change in the Next Ten Years?

    How is Property Going to Change in the Next Ten Years?

    The first half of this decade has seen the UK property market undergo a wealth of changes, both in terms of the demand for housing and its affordability. With factors like Brexit due to come into play in the next few years, we have decided to take a look at what could be in store for the property market in the next ten years.

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  • A Quick Guide to New Tax Laws Surrounding Buy-to-Lets

    A Quick Guide to New Tax Laws Surrounding Buy-to-Lets

    The buy-to-let market is about to undergo some significant changes, due to be rolled out in the spring of 2017 and fully implemented by 2020. George Osborne, the former Chancellor, made the proposals in 2015, and many landlords may have to accept a slash in their profits. To enable you to make plans ahead of the new rules coming into force, here are some of the essential facts you need to know about.

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  • Interest Rate Cut: What Does this Mean for Property Investors?

    Interest Rate Cut: What Does this Mean for Property Investors?

    To restore some confidence back into the economy after the shock Brexit vote in June this year, the Bank of England has taken the decision to cut UK interest rates to 0.25%. This figure represents the first cut to the base rate in nearly seven years and is a record low. With savers and people on the verge of retirement likely to be the worst affected by this decision, now could be the time to explore other avenues of maximising the return on your savings pot. With this in mind, could property investment now be the way to go?

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  • Will Brexit Really Cause London’s House Prices to Plummet?

    Will Brexit Really Cause London’s House Prices to Plummet?

    When the UK voted to leave the European Union back in June, the country certainly faced a brief period of uncertainty. The value of the pound fell against the dollar, and the Bank of England cut the UK's base interest rate to a record low of 0.25%.

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  • Is Investing in Property Safer Than a Private Pension?

    Is Investing in Property Safer Than a Private Pension?

    With the pensions landscape set for a major overhaul in 2016 and 2017, there are more choices open to you than ever before about what you can do with your money once you reach retirement age.

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  • When is the Best Time to Purchase Property?

    When is the Best Time to Purchase Property?

    Investing in property can be an expensive way of building up your income stream. All landlords want to see a large return on their investment, and homeowners want a home that will grow with them, but this is not as simple as it sounds.

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  • How London Property was a Major Factor in the Mayor Elections

    How London Property was a Major Factor in the Mayor Elections

    London has established itself as one of the world's leading players in the fashion and banking sectors. New, imposing structures are being built every day, seemingly. Take The Shard as an example. With its restaurants, hotels and offices, this city seems like the ideal place for any business looking to establish themselves to set up.

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  • Location is Key: How Location Goes a Long Way when Investing in Property

    Location, location, location! No, we aren’t talking about the popular Channel 4 property show hosted by Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer – instead, we are referring to what should be at the forefront of your mind when deciding what move you should next make in property investment. But why is location such a crucial factor to consider here? Below, we detail several good reasons.

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  • Why Manchester is Being Tipped as the Best Investment this Year

    Why Manchester is Being Tipped as the Best Investment this Year

    To say that Manchester is up-and-coming in the property market would be a serious understatement. According to property agents Cushman & Wakefield, commercial property investment in the North West city totalled £2.3bn in 2014 and 2015 – exceeding that of any other English city except London. There are various good reasons why Manchester is emerging as a property investment hotspot – and, at Flambard Williams, we can help you share in its success.

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  • Property Price Trends in 2016 so far

    Property Price Trends in 2016 so far

    A quick look over various figures relating to the UK property market since the start of the year suggest that the market had been growing rapidly up until the shock Leave victory in the EU referendum, which has provided something of a hiccup. However, property price trends across the country have been more complex than the picture painted here, as we will explain further…

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  • Property Investment Guide: What Areas Provide the Best Return?

    Property Investment Guide: What Areas Provide the Best Return?

    Investing in property can be a daunting task, but by focusing on the right areas, you can make a serious return on investment. Surprisingly, London and the South East is falling away from the top spots of many property investors, as major Northern cities are becoming more attractive options. Here at Flambard Williams, we’ve rounded up four areas of the UK we think provide the best investment opportunities for 2016.

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  • 20 Factors to take into Consideration when Making a Property Investment

    20 Factors to take into Consideration when Making a Property Investment

    When it comes to investing in property, it can be difficult to measure every important factor – in fact, sometimes you can miss some obvious things altogether! Below, we’ve rounded up twenty factors you need to take to take into consideration when you make a property investment.

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  • 6 Areas in London to Buy This Year

    6 Areas in London to Buy This Year

    If you want to invest in the capital, you may feel overwhelmed with the choice of properties and locations on offer... should you pick a one-bedroom central London flat, or should you step into West or North London to get more for your money?

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  • 10 Ways to Increase Your Property’s Value

    10 Ways to Increase Your Property’s Value

    While many investors lease their properties to offset the costs of mortgages, eventually it will become more profitable to sell off your assets and capitalise on house price inflation. Here are some handy tips for properties you’re looking to sell, which will help ensure you reap the biggest rewards:

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  • A Guide to Investing in Overseas Property

    A Guide to Investing in Overseas Property

    With the UK housing market on a seemingly perpetual upwards swing, buying a property can seem difficult. It is also an incredibly popular market with foreign investors, particularly in London. Therefore, for many investors in different situations, it may make sense to purchase an overseas property for gain and profit. Whether you want to use it as a summer holiday home and rent it out for the rest of the year, or merely diversify your assets, Flambard Williams has you covered.

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  • How Buy-to-Let is a Changing Market

    How Buy-to-Let is a Changing Market

    The three months leading to April 2016 saw the smallest quarterly increase in property prices since November 2015, making some investors concerned for the future of buy to let in the UK. While the market is constantly changing, this isn’t a bad thing: there are as many opportunities as ever to become involved with investment properties and earn money from the best-performing asset class.

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  • 2016 Budget: How this will Affect the Property Market

    2016 Budget: How this will Affect the Property Market

    In its executive summary of the Budget, the Government outlined a number of plans for the UK economy, including a commitment to make additional austerity savings, as well as a lower corporation tax rate, small business rates and Capital Gains Tax (CGT).  

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  • What Locations Will be Property Investment Hotspots this Year?

    What Locations Will be Property Investment Hotspots this Year?

    While there are many potential ways to identify a property investment hotspot by sight alone - such as the emergence of trendy bars, coffee shops and restaurants and announcements of big regeneration projects - it also helps to look at the statistics when determining where to purchase property next.

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  • A Guide to House Prices in 2016

    A Guide to House Prices in 2016

    It seems that the UK's larger metropolises could be a particular focal point for house price increases in the months and years to come, at least according to property market analyst firm Hometrack, which recorded pronounced rises in home values over the first three months of 2016 in such cities as Liverpool, Southampton and Cardiff.

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  • 10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Property

    10 Things to Consider Before Investing in a Property

    Here are 10 things to consider beforehand to ensure you really are making the right decision when investing in a property.

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  • Property Investment FAQ

    Property Investment FAQ

    With house prices continuing to show exponential growth and buy-to-let yields indicating a rental market in rude health, there may have never been a better time to invest in property across the many categories represented in our portfolio here at Flambard Williams, including buy-to-let, residential, overseas and completed developments.

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  • How The Property Market Has Changed Over The Last 10 Years

    The UK property market since the mid-2000s may be characterised by many positive indicators for prospective property investors and current owners of a property portfolio, but this has not always been the case, with much change having been observed from the perspective of all stakeholders.

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  • 5 Top Tips For Property Investments

    5 Top Tips For Property Investments

    1) Manage your borrowing – Many investors understand the benefits of investing into property however many also have a gun ho approach. Most work out what they can afford now without thinking 1, 3 or even 10 years down the line. You have to ask yourself can you afford the mortgage if the property is not tenanted and importantly can you afford the mortgage if interest rates rise?

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  • The Advantages of Buying Properties Outside of London

    The Advantages of Buying Properties Outside of London

    Property ownership is a great business to get into. The possibility for high income potential is a major draw for potential investors. A common mistake that investors make is to focus all of their attention on one primary area such as London. A savvy investor will not put all of their eggs in one basket and invest beyond the boundaries of London. There are a number of strong arguments to apply this strategy.

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