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5 trends from Cityscape Global 2019

Author: Gemma





This week, the Experience Invest team has been busy connecting with existing and new clients at one of the largest property exhibitions in the world, Cityscape Global in Dubai.

The event, which took place in between 25-27 September 2019, welcomed thousands of investors, developers and exhibitors through the doors of the Dubai World Trade Centre.

Experience Invest used the prestigious exhibition as a platform to showcase the company’s latest high performing opportunities, including the launch of Opto Student Cardiff and the release of apartments within Tower 2 of Infinity Waters Liverpool.

For those keeping a close eye on the UK’s property market, the experts from the team have highlighted five top trends from this year’s event.

UK property remains top choice for international buyers

Knowing where and when to invest is often the key to success of a property investment. The UK has been on the radar of international investors for many years yet despite on-going uncertainty surrounding Brexit, Britain’s ‘safe haven’ status has remained untouched.  

There are currently a record 5 million people in rental accommodation across Great Britain, with demand expected to climb to 6 million by 2025. With an estimated shortage of 300,000 new homes per year to keep up with demand, there is a real opportunity for developers and investors to capitalise on the need for new build property.

The UK provides investors with the opportunity to secure attractive rental returns and strong capital growth potential, which has helped to cement its place as a desirable location for investment.

Earlier in the year, Experience Invest commissioned a survey which found that 39 per cent of investors intend to expand their property portfolio in 2019. Positivity towards investing in the UK has been echoed at this year’s Cityscape Global show, with appetite from buyers in the Middle East remaining strong.

Current exchange rate offers great value for money

In the year since Experience Invest last exhibited at Cityscape Global, the UK has witnessed a series of Brexit-related twists and turns including the extension of the original departure deadline, the resignation of Theresa May and the subsequent appointment of a new leader of the Conservative party, the suspension of Parliament and a landmark ruling by the Supreme Court to reverse the suspension, which saw MPs return to work on 25 September.  

As the saga continues to unfold, it is no surprise that the value of the pound has fluctuated.

For overseas investors, these fluctuations have led to substantial savings and this is certainly the case for the Emirati dirham. Since the UK voted to leave the European Union in June 2016, the pound sterling has fallen in value from 5.5 AED to 4.5 AED in September 2019.

This positive trend has been reflected at this year’s show, with a high volume of international investors keen to make the most of the current favourable exchange rates.

Diverse range of assets available across the UK

The overall strength and resilience of the UK’s real estate market has allowed alternative assets to thrive over the last 10 years.

Earlier in the year, research from Cushman & Wakefield highlighted that alternative assets made up 37 per cent of all commercial property investments in the UK in the first six months of 2019

The rise in prominence of alternative assets has allowed options such as purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) to thrive. In fact, around 55 per cent of investment in UK PBSA was from international buyers in 2018.

The Experience Invest team saw first-hand the popularity of the UK’s student property market at this year’s event, with an influx of enquiries from investors who wish to enter the highly lucrative market.

Brexit as a buying opportunity

As the current deadline for Brexit approaches, investor appetite for property in the UK continues. For overseas buyers, the UK’s decision to leave the EU has created a unique buying opportunity, with the lower value of the pound offering greater value for money.

Our experienced consultants were available throughout the event to discuss strategies to secure an assured rental income. For more information, access the new report; The post-Brexit investment strategies of UK property investors…

Fully managed properties favoured by investors

The UK’s property market offers international buyers a safe a secure environment to generate an income and secure capital growth potential.

With 15 years of experience, Experience Invest offer overseas an unrivalled level of expertise and local knowledge of the property sector to create property investments designed for international buyers.

Opto Student Cardiff and Infinity Waters are prime examples of how buyers can generate a passive income from a fully managed UK property. With a specialist Management Company in place to maintain, repair and managed the property on a day-to-day basis, Experience Invest’s selection of products are ideal for buyers who wish to invest in UK property without the hands-on commitment of becoming a landlord.

With a dedicated team available to help international buyers navigate the UK’s property market, investors also benefit from opportunities located in prime locations, developments that are delivered by established developers, the best performing asset classes and the opportunity to secure reliable rental returns.

2019’s Cityscape Global exhibition in Dubai has been an opportunity for Experience Invest to connect with new and existing investors on a global platform. If you were unable to visit the Experience Invest team at the exhibition, simply follow the link to book a meeting in our London or Hong Kong office. Alternatively, keep an eye out for future international events, seminar and exhibitions on our website.

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