- pyramidParticipant@pyramidJoin Date: 2005Post Count: 64
My wife and I may soon move to London as expatriates for a 3 or 4 year stint. We could either rent a central London apartment (2 bedrooms) or buy one and retain it as an investment property when we return to Australia. Any advice on the current state of the market in London, what would be the hot areas to live in/buy an apartment in and any other tips you can think of will be most appreciated.mel_d01Member@mel_d01Join Date: 2008Post Count: 26
Im currently living in london, it really depends on your budget and where you are working. Over here transport is most important, no one really owns a car in London. They rely on the tube stations, so any house near a tube line will be a good buy.
Basically there is lots of potential to purchase a positive gear house here in London, I was looking to buy to let so I have researched into it. basically there is more demand and not enough supply, its amazing different over here everyone has to house shares because its really expensive to rent a house. U see I come from small Perth and was renting a cottage with my partner for $180p/w. (haha I know I bet those days are gone now too)
Unfortunately at the moment you will find it really hard to get a loan over here. The banks invested heavily in the sub-prime sector in America so most are withdrawing mortgages off the market, to re-evaluate their position. Funny really cos when I first arrived over here within 3months of working HSBC offered me and my partner a loan-that was a year ago now. b4 the credit crunch.
But the credit crunch could work in your favour as bargins come into the market, as it is reported a lot more repossesions will be occuring.
Which area were you thinking of renting in?mwuilleminMember@mwuilleminJoin Date: 2008Post Count: 5
Beware – big corrections coming !! Central London is always going to be good but wait until the BOE reverses interest rates down a bit more..Make sure that you have a look at the benefits of tax credits in Australian property for when you return to Australia – go to SMATS.net I think or google it – you will be glad you did and you may never pay income tax again depending on your circumstances!!Matt – current middle east perth expat!maicaMember@maicaJoin Date: 2008Post Count: 1
You'd be comforted to know that rental yields in london as of the moment are lower than other luxury areas. Example: Chelsea, Regent's Park, Notting Hill. House prices are finally softening!
I found this great resource. http://www.globalpropertyguide.com that helps much with property investing overseas. According to them, the highest yields in London can be generated from 100 to 150-square metre flats, reaching up to 5.36%
Good luck to youRichard TaylorParticipant@qlds007Join Date: 2003Post Count: 12,024
Nice opening post maica.
Good to see you join 30 june and then post a recommendation on a company selling property.
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