Friday News #091 – It’s not just the UK – we’re seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe

Friday News 22nd January 2021

It’s an opportune time for investors to consider their position, whether it’s restructuring and taking advantage of the stamp duty holiday or remortgaging whilst interest rates are incredibly low in order to diversify their portfolio.

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Here’s what we’ve seen in the news this week:

Record number of buy-to-let companies set up in 2020 as landlords embrace stamp duty holiday: Punitive buy-to-let tax changes and the opportunity created by the stamp duty holiday pushed the number of landlords setting up limited companies to a record high in 2020. Read more in The Telegraph

The North will prove hard for investors to ignore in 2021: Global real estate agent Jones Lang LaSalle recently forecast that Manchester will see the highest sales price growth and rental price growth in the UK over the next five years at 17.1% and 16.5% respectively. Read more

Activity ramps up as buyers remain unphased by stamp duty deadline: Despite an eye-watering 613,000 sold STC properties still awaiting legal completion and recent projections suggesting that around 100k will face an unexpected tax bill as they miss the 31st March cut-off, there is no sign of an end to the rolling surge of buyer activity. Read more

UK house prices at record level for fifth successive month: The average house price in England and Wales now stands at £326,762, establishing a new record level for the fifth consecutive month following heightened and unseasonal activity during December. Read more

It’s not just the UK – we’re seeing pandemic housing booms across the globe: Soaring house prices aren’t just a UK thing, they’re a worldwide phenomenon. And it’s no coincidence – the underlying cause is much the same. Read more

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