The real estate market in the United Kingdom is one the largest in Europe. Foreign investments plays a substantial role in this market, particularly in London, and foreign companies and individuals invested around £20 billion in 2012.
Properties in the UK are seen globally as a safe haven from the effects of a financial turbulence or from national governments’ interference in the assets of private individuals. Apart from the relative stability the UK real estate market is one of the world’s most liquid. It should be also said that the country itself is regarded by foreign investors as a safe place to live and conduct business.
The housing market in the UK gradually recovered after the global financial crises of 2008. It has experienced a surge in transactions and prices in the last year and the upward trend is predicted to continue.
In London the prime central market has delivered strong returns regardless an increase in stamp duty on high-value properties enforced in April 2013. However in the coming years the elite outer London is likely to outperform the platinum areas of Kensington & Chelsea, Knightsbridge, Belgravia, and Mayfair.
The demand for new built properties means that many of those are even bought before they are completed and often are not widely advertised. This is true also for the majority of London luxuries residences and and exclusive apartments that rarely appear in the public domain.
Increasingly the transactions are happening with the so called off-market deals where all the parties have more control over the privacy of the transaction and the property remains in the estate agent book with only limited and selected people knowing it of.
The clients who are interested to buy property in the capital should be aware that London is famous for the diversity of architectural styles. The contemporary and trendy structures friendly co-exist with gothic churches, Georgian and Victorian buildings, and Regency residences. The districts of central London therefore vary in appearance, period of construction, property’s values, mix of residents, rhythm of life, and availability of services. A knowledge of the local area is vital in searching properties!
Recent major infrastructural projects and redevelopments have transformed less desirable parts of London and provided stable capital appreciation on property investments. Further infrastructural and transport link improvements are planned making London an attractive propositions to those considering properties to live or diversify their investment portfolios.
Buying a property is lengthy and quite complicated business. While exciting it is often time-consuming and associated with some uncertainties especially in a country with a different legal system and business culture. The local presence of someone acting on your behalf will help you not only finding the right property at the right time but also making property-buying experience as smooth as possible.
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