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Is This A Good Time To Invest In Property

Aug 11, 2008
In the United Kingdom, the economy is at its lowest for a number of years due to a rise in house prices and the credit crunch that is hitting all people in a number of ways in the United Kingdom.

The property development market has been increasing over the past 10 years due to the fact that people are recognising the potential profit being made from selling a property on to another buyer after some external and internal development that has been done to the house. This is a good market to be in at the moment due to the fact that house prices are higher than average at the moment. This means that anybody selling a property they have developed for a period of time may make a substantial profit.

The market has been growing everyday and has veered away from the United Kingdom and into eastern and western Europe. Countries such as Spain and France as well as countries such as Croatia and Romania have appeared on the investment property list. This gives a very good opportunity for a person to invest in a property for a very low price and restore it to a quality house that can be sold or rented to holiday makers that are in the country as accommodation to stay in.

Other investors may wait a couple of years after development to sell the house due to them wanting to spend some time at the property maybe as a holiday after redevelopment.

Finding the right property to invest in is a hard task as you need to find a manageable amount of work that is needed doing as well as keeping to your budget. Also, overseas properties are very difficult to judge as some people that are buying investment property from Eastern Europe for example may not be able to view the property in person and have to make the decision to invest or not from the pictures provided.

The main sources for investment in properties are the internet and the high street. The internet though is a very risky option on property investment because there are many different websites stating great deals on different properties in many different countries as well as the United Kingdom and this can be misleading for a potential customer. This is because there might be hidden clauses attached to the property, especially from overseas properties that the person might not know about. Also contact details about the properties can sometimes be wrong and this sometimes presents the potential investor with a problem.

Due to the credit crunch and high house prices many people are deciding to rent properties rather than buy the houses outright. This is especially common with young people or couples that simply cannot afford the costs of buying the property. This gives an opportunity for the investment property developer as the person can rent out the property for people rather than place the house on the market. This means that the person gets more profit out of the property and can then decide whether to sell or not after they have received a number of tenants in staying in the house. If house prices are still high this might offer an opportunity to sell before they drop and gain extra profit from the house.
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Property expert Catherine Harvey looks at whether or not now is the time to buy investment property for long or short term profit.
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