Sunday, 9 July 2017

International Property - a solid investment?

“May you live in interesting times”, so goes the supposed Chinese anti-proverb. The implication being that ‘interesting’ is the direct opposite of stable, harmonious and peaceful. 

And indeed these are interesting times. Political upsets on both sides of the Atlantic have rocked stock markets and funds. Meanwhile disputes in the Middle East and the emergence of US shale have led to fluctuations in global energy prices, with knock on effects for domestic economies around the world. And with enquiries ongoing into possible ties between President Trump and the Russian state, and Brexit negotiations about to begin in earnest in Europe and the UK, the uncertainty shows no signs of abating. Elsewhere, tensions continue to rise in the Middle East as both the Saudis and Iran accuse each other of being the weak link in the fight against global terrorism.

Another often misattributed piece of Chinese wisdom however states that crisis and opportunity are but two sides of the same coin. So, where does the savvy investor look to grow their wealth in these interesting times?
One investment which brings long-term growth, regardless of political and economic fluctuations, is property, and luxury property in particular is becoming a key investment option for high-net worth individuals from across the world. Recent data from Christies International Real Estate reveals that the luxury property market is currently at record levels and, for the first time, the world’s top ten reported property sales were all priced above $100 million1. And with property investment funds promising double digit returns on luxury investments2, combined with a dwindling number of dividend paying shares available3 to would be investors, it’s easy to see why the market is booming in an era where interest rates and returns on savings around the world remain subdued.

The question for most investors is not therefore, should I invest in luxury property, but rather, where to begin? With everywhere from Toronto to Hong Kong pitching itself as the next luxury property hotspot, where can an investor learn about the market?

A good place to begin would be the Luxury Property Show this October at the Olympia Conference Centre, London. The show, now in its 10th year, consistently attracts the movers and shakers from the luxury property world who can help guide an investor to making the right choice. Likewise, attending the show can save an investor countless hours and air-miles as they’ll be able to get detailed insights into potential properties ranging from mountain and lake retreats in Northern Europe to luxury loft apartments in New York, via beachfront homes in Dubai.

Alongside insights into luxury properties and property markets around the world, the show also gives potential investors unparalleled opportunities for networking with fellow investors and property consortiums as well as access to a full programme of seminars aimed at seasoned investors, as well as those who are new to the market.

Eddie Sikora, Director, the Luxury Property Show, said: “The luxury property market has enjoyed significant growth in recent years as investors have used property as a hedge against global risk and uncertainty. Beyond this however, investing in luxury property is a statement, and a symbol of prestige and success, hence we have seen an unprecedented number of sales over the last year topping the $100 million mark.

“Nevertheless, it’s a complicated market. Investors need to consider not just all the usual things that come with purchasing a property, but also other key questions such as ‘where is the next property hotspot’ and ‘what geo-political dynamics could impact the investment over the medium and long-term’. With many investors now coming to see key western markets such as London and New York as being saturated, these questions are ever more important for potential investors.

“The Luxury Property Show presents an opportunity for investors, developers and the real estate community to come together to discuss the key trends and issues and, more importantly, to match those looking to invest with the right property for them.”


The Luxury Property Show runs from 27th – 28th October at the London Olympia.

For further information about the show and opportunities to either exhibit or visit, head to .

To arrange an interview or comment from Eddie Sikora, please contact Liam Thompson at or on +44 (0) 7890 315 537, or via .

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Friday, 17 February 2017


Over several decades, London has established itself firmly as a global city to rival any other. Reflecting this, London property has also become one of the go to places for investors from across the world. 2016 alone saw £4.6 billion worth of investment from Asia into the London property market according to Savills1, while Q3 2016 saw £685 million worth of investment from the US2.
Alongside investment in commercial property, interest in residential London property has also spiked across the globe. Fitzrovia, Belgravia, Mayfair – the names of these neighbourhoods are synonymous with elegance and class globally, and they are neighbourhoods where pockets are deep. Interest in being part of the luxury London brand has contributed to substantial growth in London property prices over the long-term, with the latest data showing 7.5% growth in the year to December 20173.
While this investment is great for the city, and is actively changing the face of London with destinations on what were once the peripheries such as Canary Wharf and the Greenwich Peninsula becoming ever more important, it also means the market has become increasingly competitive.
Whether investing in London to generate income, or simply to own and inhabit your own slice of the city, competing with investors in what has become a global market place can be challenging. As many of those new to the market have found, often a property has already sold by the time it appears in the estate agents window.
Surveying your investments
Once an investor has found the right property in the right location and at the right budget, a second challenge is to ensure the property is as good on the inside as it looks on the outside.
Arriving in London from certain directions could leave you with the impression that you’re entering a hypermodern city – full of glass towers and new build apartments. While this is true to an extent, what also makes London great are the countless historical buildings and neighbourhoods that give the city such character.
Buying these properties and in these neighbourhoods can deliver an investor a property full of style and historical features, but it also means detailed surveys will need to be undertaken. Historical buildings bring with them their own unique challenges. Listed buildings for example, may bring with them certain obligations to maintain the property to certain standards, or within certain parameters. Further to this, investors will need to consider any local planning restrictions or listings which may impact future plans for the property.
On the other side of the equation, investors should also remember that London is an incredibly dynamic and fluid city, with a skyline that is constantly growing. Investors need to consider the impact of potential future developments upon their property. Will the view of the river that can be enjoyed today, be a view of the back of another tower tomorrow?
While it’s hard to keep track, recent reports suggest in excess of 400 skyscrapers are currently being planned across London4. Investors need to find out how many, if any, of these will be being constructed in their neighbourhood and consider how comfortable they are with that.
Beating the competition?
So, how can investors beat the competition to find the right property, make the right offer and then ensure that the bricks and mortar they are investing in is built on solid foundations? Both foreign and domestic property investors are increasingly turning to buying agents to help them negotiate the challenges between them and their perfect investment.
Buying agents can save an investor time and money by ensuring they find the best deals and by bringing local, specialised expertise into the search and acquisition process.
Henry Sherwood, CEO of the Buying Agents says, “London is at present one of the world’s great property hotspots alongside other great global cities such as New York, Paris and Singapore. It is an exciting place for any investor, whether the individual looking to build a successful property rental business in one of the world’s most in-demand cities, or the family looking for a convenient home close to the offices of the Square Mile.
“The very things that make London such an attractive proposition for would-be investors however, also ensure that investing in the city can be a huge challenge. Not only do investors need to negotiate the fierce competition in the market, they also need to consider the neighbourhood they are investing in, the historical fabric of the city and the impact of future growth.
“It is imperative that investors also find the right professionals to manage their investment, the surveyors and lawyers, even the choice of removal firm needs to be considered carefully! This is where a buying agent can save an investor time, money and a great deal of stress. The detailed knowledge of, and love for, London’s property market which an agent can bring to the table is priceless and a must for anybody thinking of making a serious investment into the capital.”
The Buying Agents, based in London, is an award winning property search and acquisition company covering London, the UK and popular destinations in Europe. It provides a personal one to one service to home buyers and investors, active in the prime property market for nearly 15 years with a focus on London but also covering other exclusive parts of the UK, France and Monaco. With a wide range of properties available (which you won’t find in the estate agent windows), The Buying Agents offers a full, bespoke service, taking investors from initial searches, to managing the move, exchanging contracts and opening the door to London property.
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To arrange an interview or comment from Henry Sherwood, CEO, The Buying Agents, please contact Liam Thompson at ,, or on +44 (0) 20 3290 6001

Friday, 3 February 2017

Looking to purchase a Yacht or Boat?

Looking for a Yacht or Boat?
Buying boats is a complex business, but with the right advice you won’t be left all at sea.
Purchasing your first yacht, or upgrading to your next one, is a significant investment decision. And while the perks of a yacht owning lifestyle are many, it is important to understand and deal with any challenges involved.
The first thing you’ll need to consider is finance. What is your budget? You need to set a budget that is realistic for both your aspirations and your pocket. Take into account buying costs and depreciation. Most people understand that once you have driven a new car off the forecourt, the vehicle becomes immediately second hand and loses value. The same principle applies to purchasing a new yacht. Although the depreciation won’t necessarily be as dramatic as with a new car, it is certainly a factor that needs to be considered.
With finance secured, then comes the second challenge – finding the yacht that works for you and your budget! The yacht market is a truly global one and you could find yourself working with buyers and sellers all over the world in what is often a fast moving environment.
Your search will also need to be informed by questions about how you intend to use your yacht. This will determine the specifics you need – everything from engine power, to space and size, to what finishes you would like to see in terms of upholstering and on-board facilities!
So, how to navigate these choppy waters and find the yacht that’s right for you?
Yacht sellers have for a long time employed agents to help them achieve the best possible price for the vendor. Increasingly, buyers are taking the same approach. You need a professional on your side. A well informed and well connected agent can save you time and uncertainty, as well as potentially saving you tens of thousands of pounds (or more) in up-front costs.
At Go Earth we support your aspirations to yacht ownership with a bespoke service that begins with answering your initial questions with a free – no obligation – consultation, through the whole process including arranging transport of your yacht to your chosen marina. Our expert team scans the market to identify the right product for you, including a wide-range of non-advertised yachts, and can provide advice on finance, surveys and basic seamanship. In particular, we can act as your negotiation agent in the all important procurement and purchase process.
So, don't set sail until you've spoken to Go Earth, and ensure that your yacht investment is watertight, and gives you years of pleasure and luxury!

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Writing Credit: Liam Thompson, Sierra Kilo PR & Millionaire Lifestyle Magazine, Feb 17