Is It The Right Time To Invest In London Property?

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Analysts at say that investors should not be put off London property now that the Games have finished. The best performing areas of the London property market this year according to the latest reports are Knightsbridge which has seen prices rise by 15.8% this past year and Notting Hill and Belgravia which have both seen increases of around 3% in the past three months. (Source: Knight Frank, Sept. 2012).

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After a long summer of activity and some property investors have started to ask if they have missed out on the London property boom. My opinion on the London property market has changed very little in this past 12 months highlights that much of this price growth can be put down to interest from Russian, French and Italian buyers who see London as a better place to invest than New York, Paris or even Hong Kong according to the Knight Frank report.

There has also been interest from pension funds and UK insurer Aviva, who have recently financed an apartment block in Oxford Street (Source: FT).

Another plus for investing in London property according to is transparency. “Investors can be confident that the investment process will be more straightforward than in other countries”, according to Managing Director Loxley McKenzie.

“After a long summer of activity, some property investors have started to ask if they have missed out on the London property boom. My opinion on the London property market has changed very little in this past 12 months – in my view it remains in an expansion phase.” He added.

According to analysts at, while the Olympics did have some kind of an impact in the short term, investors should be looking at the long term when it comes to investing. The London Olympics did indeed see some short term growth in rentals, yet the overall effect on property prices – even in the East End where the Games were hosted – turned out to be virtually non-existent in the end.

Newham and Hackney actually saw prices fall by 3.8% and 2.25% respectively while other areas have risen spectacularly (Source: Knight Frank). So investors should not be to put off when the long summer of sporting activity comes to an end in the UK capital.

The real driver for London property this year and for the rest of the year will be the Euro crisis and the real attraction is high rental yields according to Colordarcy.

While the Euro crisis continues to put doubt in the minds of property investors in Europe, many of them will continue to look at London as a safe haven as they have done for the past two years say the firm.

For those who don’t have millions to invest, are keen to highlight that there are always London hotel room investments.

There is currently an opportunity to invest in London hotel rooms close to the docklands which offer 10% projected returns on investment per annum. Investors can even get 50% loan to value non-status finance and a discount off the original RICS valuation.

So if investors don’t have the budget of a Russian billionaire they can still secure their piece of the action at a fraction of the cost of an apartment in the City of London.

Notes to the editor:

Colordarcy is a leading property investment company that specialises in finding positive cash flow investment properties worldwide. Colordarcy investment property portfolio includes some of the best properties for sale in Brazil, Florida, Turkey and the United Kingdom.

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