Could new CGT rules offer investment opportunities for landlords?

With house price growth slowing down and prices even falling in some areas, there is an argument that it is a buyer’s market for buy to let investors. Changes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT) could fuel property changing hands between landlords. In the Autumn Budget of 2018, Chancellor Philip Hammond […]

Why has Birmingham led UK house price growth since the Brexit vote?

Birmingham has enjoyed a 16% increase in house prices since the Brexit vote in June 2016, according to the latest UK Cities House Price Index from Hometrack. The December 2018 figures show that home values there have increased more than in any other UK city since the vote. Meanwhile, the […]

Changing Your Mind – Property Trading Vs Property Investing

Alan Pink considers the tax charges that can arise when a trading property becomes an investment and vice versa. Tax planning for property can be fraught with problems, particularly in relation to the all-important question of whether a property-based activity is trading or investment for tax purposes. The distinction is […]

Why now could be a good time to buy in London despite Brexit looming

London house prices may not be falling down, but there’s no doubt that they are cooling down, in some cases very noticeably. From an investment perspective, the key question here is whether this slowdown is a sign of long-term issues with the London housing market (and hence a warning signal) […]

A Top Tip for Finding Deals: Estate Agents Part 2

In my last blog post I started to think about finding deals through estate agents (read here); however, there can be some challenges with this. Quite often, if you walk into an agent’s office and state that you’re an investor, you’re likely to be faced with indifference or irritation because […]

Do property prices in the UK double every decade? (Part One)

It’s often said that the price of UK property doubles every ten years – but is there any real truth in this statement? Interestingly, at this moment in time on the market is a property adjacent to a house I considered buying for myself back in 1998. Whilst one example […]

When would you use an SPV for property investing?

Having taken a look at what an SPV is in my last blog post here – and having established that it is not a specific type of entity but rather a vehicle that’s used for a specific purpose to help you achieve your goals – it’s now time to think […]

Half of Buy-to-Let purchases driven by pensions

Pension ‘pot hunters’ continue to drive buy to let property sales, according to latest research from leading specialist Sequre Property Investment. Compared to original research from 2015*, Sequre has found that the market remains relatively unchanged despite the government’s intervention with taxation for the buy to let sector. With a […]