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Why London Property will Astound AGAIN!

[fa icon="calendar'] August 29, 2017 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

It's amazing to hear people talking down London property just like they did before and during the financial crisis. 'London was overcooked', 'Don't buy London', 'Stay away or lose your shirt'.

I have heard it all before and sure London isn't growing like it was but make no mistake London is still a world city, it's still the best fundamentals...

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Investment news - When will London house prices fall?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 16, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment News - House prices in the UK ebb and flow constantly

A friend of mine struggled to buy his home in the late 1980s. He told me that his father had faced a similar struggle in the early 1970s.

My friend bought his first house at a price of around £80,000. At first, the value rose to almost £100,000 in a little more than two years. Then it fell by around 30% to around £63,000. He’s moved a couple of times since, but his first house recently came onto the market again. It is now priced at more than £290,000 – almost four times what he paid for it, in less than 30 years.

My friend’s father paid £9,000 for his first home. That property is now valued at more than £360,000.

One of the common factors in both cases is that property prices were said to be too high at the time. Youngsters “will never be able to afford to buy their home.”

In this post I’ll look at the reasons why property prices are so high, and why they’ll probably continue to go up over the long term. You’ll also discover the real reason why house prices in the UK took a tumble in the late 1980s, and again in 2008/9.

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Investment news - How the night tube will boost London property prices and buy-to-let investors

[fa icon="calendar'] June 11, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment News - 24-hour trains will increase demand from buyers and renters

After several rounds of strikes by tube drivers, stalled conciliatory talks, and finally an acceptance of a deal by the RMT, the night tube is finally due to start running at the end of August this year.

In a phased introduction, it’s not going to be all in, all at once as Boris Johnson had wanted and the limited operations are a year later than planned. As the service picks up pace and extends further through to a more comprehensive coverage in 2017, and then to the Docklands Light Railway by 2021, London property prices are set to get another boost, and buy-to-let investors could see their rental returns pop.

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Investment Education - How a growing student population impacts house prices

[fa icon="calendar'] June 10, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Education - Crunching the numbers to get to the truth

There are plenty of property investment opportunities being sold which specialise in providing accommodation to a growing student population. While these types of property investment are an interesting niche addition to the property investor’s breadth of investment opportunity, what is less considered is the impact of a growing student population on house prices. We’ve found that, generally speaking, house prices rise where there are large student populations, though by how much depends on a number of other factors, too. Analysis of the student population should be only one facet of your investment research.

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Investment Blog - Smile, frown and disgust... Prospects for the 2016 housing market

[fa icon="calendar'] April 6, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Blog - So I am an optimist at heart so let's start with the 2 good emotions you'll experience in 2016:

1. Smile... Because all experts are predicting house price increases across the UK.

  • Halifax 4%-6%
  • Hometack 7%
  • Henry Pryor 2%
  • Capital Economics 6%-8%
  • RICS 6%
  • Nationwide 3%-6%
  • and myself, Brett Alegre-Wood 6%

This is indeed a good news if you own property outside London and commuter towns as we should all see our properties increase this year after skipping a whole property cycle.

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Investment Research - Will the upcoming tax changes kill the buy to let market?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 4, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Research - What is the biggest concern in UK Buy to Let market in 2016? The answer is obvious: tax changes. 

A great deal of property investors have posted questions relating to tax changes and the buy-to-let housing market to me and my team. In fact, this was the main topic of our recent client seminar we held in Wembley.

So will the stamp duty and mortgage deductibility tax changes kill the buy to let market?

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Property experts - embarassing predictions, UK experts who got it wrong

[fa icon="calendar'] December 17, 2015 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Property experts - apologies to anyone working at the firms I’m highlighting, but you bring it on yourselves.

The companies below are considered some of the most reliable property experts in the UK. 

Making expert predictions is a fool’s game. It’s not that the hundreds of  people  employed  at  these  firms  are  fools,  it’s  just  that  they  don’t  get  not  to  make predictions. In some cases, as you’ll see shortly, the predictions were so far out that they could have been pulled out of a hat from a bunch of hastily written guesses.

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Investment Guide - Make house price predictions with the Property Trend Cycle

[fa icon="calendar'] December 3, 2015 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Guide - Property trends are predictable

The great thing about property is that it moves in very clearly defined cycles. So if you are holding property then it will shoot up, sit stagnant, and then shoot up again.

If you are buying, selling or remortgaging then it will shoot up, overshoot the mark, slight correction then slow, steady growth and fall off the face of the earth and shoot up again.

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Property Experts - 6 Lessons on expert house price predictions

[fa icon="calendar'] November 20, 2015 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Property Experts - Expert predictions that were cataclysmically wrong

Hands up if you remember the nightmare of the Y2K, Millenium bug. Let me refresh your memory...

As the new millennium approached, computer geeks around the world warned that a huge problem existed. They told us that the change from 1999 to 2000 would cause the computerised world to fall into oblivion.

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Investment News - Brett predicts 5% growth in his annual 2015 house price predictions

[fa icon="calendar'] January 11, 2015 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment News - Predictions 2015

Last year I also predicted a safe 5% growth so at 8% (Nationwide 7.2% and Halifax 8.5%). I wasn't that far off. In fact, unlike some property experts I’ve been thereabouts every year for the past five years, although I can never claim to have got it right either.

The interesting thing about house price predictions is that most property experts are wrong most of the time and last year was no different. In fact, the more and more I play this game of guessing what house prices are going to do for the coming year the more I realise that it doesn’t matter.

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