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Is property still the best investment?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 17, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Where are London property prices heading now?

In the UK, property investment is seen as the preferred route to wealth by most people. Even those who aren’t investing (home buyers) gauge their wealth by how much their house has increased in value. It’s the largest expenditure the majority of people make, and offers many benefits to investors. These include seven reasons why investing in property beats all other investments:

  1. You’re in control of your investment while others do the work
  2. Rental income is better than stock dividends (and paid monthly)
  3. The history of capital gains is stronger than even stocks in the long term
  4. It’s a tangible asset – something real to leave the kids when you die
  5. The government provides ways to reduce your income tax bill by claiming deductibles
  6. Leverage powers your property investment return – you use other people’s money to make money
  7. With the right investment education, property investment in the UK is easy to understand

However, even given this unique set of benefits of investing in property, when prices have increased by as much as they have in the last few years and then start to cool down, you’ll want to know if property is still the best investment in the today.

In this article I’ll look at how London property prices are currently performing, the reasons why they are moving the way they are, and whether property is still the best investment.

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Property Investment guide – 11 steps to refine property investment strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] November 26, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Property Investment guides – Moving from planning to taking action

A couple of weeks ago we published a series of property investment guides that discussed seven considerations before investing in UK property. In this article, I’m going to look at the action points of a basic property investment strategy. This is the step-change between thinking and planning to doing.

Following these 11 steps will help you to refine your property investment strategy, keep on track with your property investment plans, and get the best help you can when you need it. For ease of reference, I’ve listed these nine steps under four major headings:

  • Knowing why you’re investing in property
  • Finding the best property investment opportunities
  • Getting the financials right
  • Working with the right people
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Property Investment London –  Heathrow, property take-offs and hard landings

[fa icon="calendar'] November 23, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Property Investment London – What effect will Heathrow’s new runway have on property prices?

The announcement that the government has approved a third runway for Heathrow took just about forever to make. Now it’s been achieved, the question on property investors’ lips is, “What will it do to property prices?” There’s a high probability that the airport expansion will be good for many, but bad for others.

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Investment Guide - Will setting up a limited company save you tax?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 22, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment guide - Investing in property within a limited company structure needs to be considered carefully before jumping in.

One of the first questions you should ask yourself is "Are planning to take income from your property portfolio?", then "when?"  I'll explore how a limited company structure affects the property investor who wants to supplement their income and those that want to pass their buy-to-let properties onto their children when they pass away.

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Investment Guide - Costs associated with setting up a limited company

[fa icon="calendar'] June 9, 2016 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Guide- Will it be worth the expense?

The tax advantages of setting up a limited company for property investment are compelling, but this doesn’t mean doing so is the right strategy for everyone. Although setting up a limited company can be done very quickly and cheaply, there are other associated costs that need to be considered.

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Investment guide - UK Property Tax: Calculating Your Capital Gains Tax Liability

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

Investment guide - Capital Gains Tax (CGT) 

Its important to view a range of investment guides at all stages of a property investment. CGT is payable when you dispose of an asset and make a profit on it.

Most commonly we think of disposal as being the sale of the asset, but disposal also includes:

  • Gifting it
  • Transferring it to someone else
  • Exchanging it for something else
  • Being paid on an insurance claim if it has been destroyed

(It’s worth noting here that if you transfer your investment property to your spouse, then the disposal is assumed to have taken place at the original cost and so no CGT will be payable until your spouse sells the property.)

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Investment Guide - Why applying for planning permission is so frustrating…

[fa icon="calendar'] March 28, 2014 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

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I was clearly bored last night as I took to reading the National Planning Framework for the UK. This is the Government document that sets out the framework for what type of property should be approved with planning permission and what should not. The document is largely uneventful and says the usual things you would expect - sustainability, town centres, transport systems, quality homes, communities, natural environment and climate change.

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Investment Guide - When London kicks the other UK cities follow!

[fa icon="calendar'] March 13, 2014 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Investment Guides - London kicks, the other cities kick back 

Day two at MIPIM in Cannes was a mix spread of other UK Cities all bidding for recognition and investment. Its clear to see that the confidence in the UK economy has spread to all major cities across the UK. Manchester, Derby,Nottingham, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol, Liverpool, Newcastle, and Sheffield all showcased what each city has to offer. Having spend the past 12 years selling residential property and in particular regeneration areas I was impressed to see that all of the cities have clearly identified what is unique about them and how they are going to attract the kind of investment required to undertake the many ambitious programs they have.

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Investment guide - what do I mean by a stagnant property market?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 25, 2012 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

In this video investment guide Brett Alegre-Wood, Chairman of Gladfish, explains what a stagnant property market is using the "Property Trend Cycle".

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Investment Guide - How the over 60s can still build a thriving property portfolio

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25, 2012 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

investment-guide-over-60sInvestment Guide - You're never too old to build a portfolio

I've had a heap of questions about getting a mortgage as you get older, it seems that we have a whole generation of baby boomers who are waking up to the nightmare that is an underfunded retirement. It's unfortunate but I've been saying it for years and now more people over 60 are signing up every week.

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