Category: International News

Chinese Students Flying to UK on Chartered Planes

British universities are putting on private flights to help bring record numbers of Chinese students to the UK for the 2020/21 academic year. Summary: Chinese students are arriving in the UK on planes chartered by UK universities for the new academic year Figures show record numbers of students from China applying to study in Britain for 2020/21 It underlines the enduring appeal of a UK education despite coronavirus-related restrictions – and the importance of providing substantial levels of student accommodation in key cities   Across the UK and Northern Ireland,...

Surge In UK Property Enquiries By Chinese Investors

Juwai.com records a 213% rise in searches for UK property in July, as stamp duty changes also drive demand for British real estate from Chinese buyers. Summary: UK property remains one of the most in-demand assets for Chinese investors Despite reduced activity during periods of lockdown earlier in the year, searches for UK property on Chinese portal Juwai.com increased 213% in July 2020 Build-to-rent property in cities such as Manchester is currently among the most sought-after for buyers in China   Interest in UK property investment among buyers in China...

Hong Kong BNO’s to Drive UK Property Investment Demand?

With many Hong Kong citizens expected to take advantage of recent events by relocating to the UK and buying property, which cities will be the most attractive? A landmark offer in extraordinary times. The UK government has launched a special visa for around three million people in Hong Kong, with the offer of permanent citizenship after five years. 2020 had already prompted global investors to make decisions to protect their wealth. UK property has long been one of the most popular investments for buyers across Asia. Its proven track record...

Build-to-Rent Property: The Future-Proof Home & Investment

Select Property Group Managing Director, Adam Price, looks at tenant priorities post-lockdown and why build-to-rent could now be in-demand more than ever. Have these strange times given you a chance to reflect? A chance to assess the things in your life that matter most to you? Personally, I think it’s time like these that make us appreciate the little things. Family. Our health. The things that, before this year, some of us may have been guilty of not fully appreciating. Whatever yours was, I think 2020 has given us all...

Stamp Duty Changes for UK Property Investors Explained

As the British Chancellor announces a stamp duty holiday until the end of March 2021, here's a breakdown of how this will impact UK real estate investors. It was the announcement that further underlined the key role UK property will play in the country’s post COVID-19 recovery. On Wednesday 8th July 2020, Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced a stamp duty holiday for property buyers in England and Northern Ireland, effective immediately, until March 31st 2021. More people buying homes is good news for the economy. And, as UK business and industry...

Manchester to Shanghai Direct Flight Route Announced

The new route, launched by Juneyao Air, is hailed by business leaders as a huge economic boost for Manchester and the north of England. Summary: For the first time, a new direct flight route between Manchester and Shanghai has been announced Starting from March 2020, Juneyao Air will operate three flights a week between China’s largest city and Manchester International Airport At a time of increasing trade and investment between Manchester and Asia, the route has been welcomed as key to unlocking “significant trade, cultural and knowledge exchange opportunities”  ...

UK Rental Property Continues to Attract Investment from Global Institutions

A £750 million investment fund launched by a US property fund is just the latest institutional buyer to acquire assets in the UK’s rapidly expanding build-to-rent sector, with investors drawn to the market’s ability to “generate strong cash flow”.   Summary: Up to £2 billion could be invested in the UK’s build-to-rent sector by a US property institution, continuing a trend of global investment into the market Between January and March 2019 alone, £1.04 billion was invested into build-to-rent projects by institutional investors The sector generates “strong cash flow” and,...

Brexit is increasing UK property inquiries from overseas investors

New figures show a 72% rise in online searches for British real estate from potential buyers and investors located outside of the UK, as many identify the “rare opportunity to buy into the market at favourable prices, with a long-term view”. Summary: Demand for UK property from investors based overseas has surged since the 2016 European Union referendum New research show “a clear rise in the proportion of (online) searches for UK property which are taking place overseas since June 2016” Birmingham, Glasgow, London and Manchester are the most popular...

Why South African Investors Are Diversifying with UK Property

Ahead of elections, and with the ongoing economic negativity, many investors in South Africa are taking action by moving their money abroad. Here’s why property in the UK can help you to reduce your portfolio’s risk and grow your wealth in the long-term. This election could prove critical for South Africa’s economic future. South African’s are set to hit the polls on 8th May amid the backdrop of some of the worst economic conditions the country has faced in over a decade. High levels of inflation. Poor wage growth. Rising unemployment....

Here’s Why Gulf Investors Are Buying UK Property

As the real estate market in the Middle East stabilises, Gulf investors are diversifying their property investment portfolios and flowing their money into the UK real estate market. GCC nations including Saudi Arabia, UAE and Bahrain have all invested in several UK real estate assets in the past few years due to their strong yield projections. Manchester and the Northern Powerhouse attracted some of the highest levels of foreign direct investment of any UK region outside of London, according to research from Ernst & Young. GCC Investors Agree that UK...
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