Streetwise Property Alert 17th September 2013

We’ve had a good response to the German armchair  investment. I cannot say too much about it in public but I can confirm that we think it’s a great deal and you should ask for details so you can do your due diligence, use your own lawyer and see for yourself.

Euro Prices – At Last!

The latest global index from Knight Frank shows that European property prices are, all in all, up for the first time since 2010. Prices in Europe rose 0.7 per cent over the past 12 months. As you’d expect, there are wide variations. Remember my mantra to A Level students? If A goes up 10 per cent and B goes down 10 per cent, the average is not
representative of either.

The Knight Frank figures showcase this perfectly. Turkey was the strongest market performer, up by 12.2 per cent over the year. Greece was the weakest market performer, down by 11.5 per cent over the year. Bottom fishing? Prices in Greece, Spain and Italy are now 31 per cent, 29 per cent and 15 per cent off their market peaks. Tell us where you
are looking to buy in Europe; we’ll tell you what’s happening beyond the average.

London? Heads Up

We have a paid-for service at London Property Alerts and are looking to offer a free trial period for serious investors who will be buying in the next quarter. We run a paid-for service because, to be blunt, there are a lot of members who like a freebie and get into the system when they have no intention of buying. It can cause issues. If you are
serious and would like a free trial, send us your detailed requirements in the first instance.

We have, for paid-for members, sent up extensive links with developers to ensure that they can get the best, pre-market deals. That’s especially important these days as we note, from new Chesterton Humberts research, that overseas property buyers take some 70 per cent of new-build homes in prime London.

With demand for prime new-build properties set to remain robust and new supply struggling to keep up, we expect investment volumes will be higher this year than last. The relative weakness of sterling means that many overseas buyers can achieve effective discounts on purchase
price whilst acquiring an asset that will almost certainly appreciate considerably over time and which they will have little difficulty in selling when the time comes.’

More On Mexico

Remember the news from Mexico? In short, buyers from overseas are expected to be able to buy coastal properties for the first time? At present, we are told, foreigners have to partner with a local bank in an agreement called a fideicomiso to buy in these restricted zones but it is complicated and time-consuming which puts many people off,’

That’s set to change and, as a result of the news, it’s being reported that ‘searches for luxury coastal property in Mexico by overseas buyers have increased by 27 per cent…Cancun and Playa del Carmen are set to benefit most with 57 per cent of all property searches by UK residents centered on the state of Quintana Roo in which they are located.’

Without wishing to get too ahead of ourselves – I am the man, after all, who once wrote a report on The Effects On Property Of The 2012, er, Paris Olympics (to be offered in the national media on the day after the announcement) – we can do a report on request. Let us know?

Have you read the international property newsletter for September?

Please feel free to send it on to anyone who may be interested in overseas property.


NEW BTL Mortgage

Dragonfly Property Finance has a new, combined short- and medium-term loan, known as a ‘bridge-to-let’ which is on offer at a bridging rate of 0.74 per cent and a 70 per cent LTV.

‘The product is a two or three-year fixed rate product with an initial seven-month bridge period built in. Borrowers can either redeem the loan free of penalties within the seven-month bridge period or they can switch to the two or three medium-term loan. No further underwriting or additional documentation is required.’

‘Interest during both the initial bridge period and the remaining term of the two or three year loan is charged at 0.74 per cent per month or 8.99 per cent per annum. There is also an option to take a deferred interest option where 2 per cent is taken off the rate and paid at redemption.’ As always, talk to your broker. We can introduce you to one on request.