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Flush Again - Is Now The Time to Invest Outside The UK?

Peter Hemple searches for bargain currencies and properties overseas

Just in case you have not been on holiday lately…the pound is getting stronger. But it is not just Sterling that has been rising. UK property prices are increasing in value also, up 10.6% in the 12 months to July this year, (from £171,000 to an all-time high £189,000), according to Nationwide, while London has seen prices soar in value by 25.8% during the same period, enough to make any homeowner feel a little flush.

However, those returns will pale into insignificance compared to what overseas property investors have made in London over the past year. Thanks to a rapidly rising Sterling they have likely seen the value of their asset rise by 40-50%, if they were to sell now and convert the equity back to their home currency.

In this article we will look at what opportunities are available to UK property investors that are apprehensive about buying more property at an all-time high in the UK and would like to diversify some of their cash into an overseas property market.

Past performance
In July 2013 I last wrote about exchange rates and property prices and at that time the pound was still trading at close to rock-bottom levels and UK property, which was still cheaper to buy than 10 years earlier in some regions was looking very cheap to foreign buyers, especially from Asia.

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