London firms asks “Should International Property be in your portfolio?”

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“Bricks and mortar” has, for decades, been a guiding principle for savvy investors looking to make a return. While property investments don’t always promise the kind of stellar returns that can be earned on riskier investments, they also don’t come with the downsides.

And, over the long-term, all the evidence suggests that property is the best means by which to grow your money. In fact, while data recently published by Heathstone Investments1 reveals that, over the course of one year, returns on property investment are eclipsed by those in equities (7% and 12% respectively) – the story is a different one over the longer-term.

Over 10 years, investments in property and equities both return around 8%, while over 15 years, property investments return nearly 12%, while equities return less than 8%. So, while property investment doesn’t always contain the highs and lows of other investment, for those looking to make a stable and long-term return on their money, the data suggests it is the preferable option. With political uncertainty having rocked stock markets and equities in recent years, and with further potential turmoil on the horizon, the case for investing in bricks and mortar has never been stronger.

The question then becomes however, which property to invest in?

For many years, a staple choice for those looking at property investment has been the buy-to-let sector. There are an estimated 2 million buy-to-let investors in the UK, invested in a private rented sector which is home to more than 5 million people. The dynamics behind this market have traditionally been strong, and continue to be so as rising property prices mean younger people spend more time in privately rented homes, prior to one day getting on the ladder themselves. Housing affordability has become a political issue however and the government in recent years has attempted to discourage investment in buy-to-let by raising the level of stamp duty payable on second home and buy-to-let purchases, as well as reducing the amount of tax relief landlords can claim on profits earned through buy-to-let investment.

The Luxury Property Show this October at the London Olympia is a perfect introduction to the exciting world of luxury property investment and a great opportunity to meet likeminded investors, and explore potential opportunities. 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.

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