London Apartment Sales Soar

March 22nd, 2020 by admin No comments »

The number of apartments for sale in London is falling way short of existing investor demand, placing added pressure on apartment prices in the Capital. The opportunity to buy apartments at or near the bottom of the property market is an investors dream, and as a consequence, property investors are snapping up apartments across London, before prices potentially appreciate further.

But the supply of new build apartments in London – typically more common than houses due to the shortage of available land in the city – has fallen in light of the recent economic turmoil, and as result, fewer homes are now available for sale.

Around two-thirds of all new build apartments put up for sale in London last year were purchased by buy-to-let property investors, buoyed by improved rental yields, according to property research group Molior London, who conduct extensive market research of London’s 33 boroughs.

Speaking at a seminar addressing investors late last year Tim Craine of Molior London reflected on the enormous impact that overseas investors have also had in the property market recovery, with a number of apartments having been sold to overseas nationals. Ever-growing property investor demand could lead to strong property price growth over the next few years.

Savills project that average property values in the UK could surge by as much as 27% by 2015, with the greatest gains – 35% – in London, mainly due to a shortage of new apartments and houses coming up for sale on the market. If accurate, this would represent an almost 8% increase on peak market prices in late 2007.

In fact, with residential demand on the up, there is evidence to suggest that some London apartments currently for sale are already receiving offers in excess of what they would have achieved at the peak of the market in 2007. Peter Rollings, a managing director, said: “We have many examples of properties that have sold and are continuing to sell for more than they did in 2007.”

He added: [Property prices] in London in my view ended the year [2009] with prices having risen 10% to 12% from their lows, with much larger gains for some of the ‘A1′ properties – apartments and houses in excellent locations which satisfy all the necessary criteria.”

While the prospect of rapid growth in London property prices may encourage more existing homeowners to put their apartments up for sale, it will come as an added concern to first-time buyers already unable to afford that crucial first step onto the housing ladder. Thankfully a growing number of apartment sale London are being made available via various affordable housing schemes, which is proving a big hit with first-time buyers.

The Homes and Communities Agency recently confirmed financial support that will unlock over 10,000 new houses and apartments through various affordable housing initiatives, which offers homes for sale on an equity purchase basis.

The construction of more apartments in London will also help to reduce waiting lists for housing, which in many London boroughs is currently at an all time high. By enabling house builders to build more houses and apartments, including affordable units, the councils hope that it can dramatically reduce those waiting for permanent accommodation.

Handing greater decision-making powers to local authorities, in relation to the construction of new build homes, is a key Conservative Party policy which crucially could increase the volume of apartments available for sale in London.

If the Tories are elected into government at the general election this year, they claim that their ‘local’ initiative would improve the planning system by encouraging house builders to construct more new build apartments in London, along with other parts of the country.

The proposal has been welcomed by a number of property firms, such as British Land. Chris Grigg, chief executive, of British Land, said: “Removing burdens to development and growth has to be near the top of the agenda whoever wins the next election.

“Low interest rates and a cheap pound make the UK a great [property] investment proposal and it is vital that we do not let outdated planning laws hinder recovery.”

Marketing, Promoting and Advertising Your Business

February 28th, 2020 by admin No comments »

One thing that goes without saying in today’s business world, is that regardless of the nature of your home based business, a website is an absolute MUST. Whether you have a product or service to sell, whether local or global, your business will go nowhere fast if you don’t have an online presence. If you need internet marketing help, you’ve landed on the right article. I’ll give you some home based business marketing ideas that will help you promote your business successfully.

The first step is choosing a domain name and getting it registered. You can build your own website (if you have the time) and host it yourself or you can have everything done by another company (if you have the money). Either way, you have many options and tools at your disposal that can align with your business plan and budget. Also note that you can still start your own home based business even if you don’t have a product or service to sell. There are thousands of individuals and companies that have products you can sell for them while earning a commission, called affiliate marketing.

Of the many business marketing strategies known to man, internet marketing is, hands down, the best strategy to use for promoting a home based business as it is the cheapest method and has the potential for reaching millions of people all over the globe. Driving traffic to your site through online resources is like killing two birds with one stone. You can tackle print advertising by writing articles and publishing them to directories and ezines and by submitting ads to the many available (and most of them free) classified ad sites. Online media advertising encompasses writing press releases and distributing them to press release sites. One of the biggest and most popular online advertising trends today is via social media advertising through sites such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn where you build relationships with your customers. Forums and communities are also great ways to build relationships which helps promote your home based business in the long run. Simply Google your market or industry with the word ‘forum’ or ‘community’ behind it and search for one or two that seem to be the best fit for you.

All of these methods of online advertising contribute to search engine optimization (SEO), which is to say improving your online visibility and escalating in the search engines like Google, Yahoo and Bing. Your goal is to claim the #1 spot in the organic search results (the results on the left, not the right side which are paid ads). This is where your traffic will come from. If you are 800 in the list of search results, no one is ever going to see your site because very few people have the time or patience to scroll through 800 search results. Research shows that people typically won’t even scroll past 4 or 5 search results, let alone 800.

Can you grasp the importance of internet marketing for any business? If you are new to the internet marketing phenomenon and don’t know exactly where to start, there are many great programs or systems online that walk you through every aspect of marketing your online business. A lot of these systems were created by online entrepreneurs who have spent thousands of their own dollars trying to figure it all out over the years and finally DID. Their sacrifices have made it easier for newbies to become successful at their own online home based business. If you are new to running your own home based business, I recommend you find a great system (do your research, read reviews, ask questions in forums) and start marketing your home business from there. Don’t waste the time and money that so many of us have in going it alone, without a proven system, as it will just set you back further and hinder your progress.