Key Findings for Hong Kong & South East Asia Investors Investing in the UK
UK property remains a stable alternative for Hong Kong investors.
Top Investor in UK
Hong Kong is the top investor in London property at £2.5 billion.
Value against the £
Strong Hong Kong Dollar helping overseas investors find value in UK.
Investing in UK Real Estate from Hong Kong
New predictions show house prices are expected to grow across the UK in key regional areas. London’s slow recovery and expensive property market is pushing more people to look outside of the capital, to the regional cores in the Midlands and established commuter towns in the South-East. The UK saw property prices grow by 4.4% annually over the last decade and prices look set to continue rising as Brexit uncertainty fades.
For investors from Hong Kong, this highlights how stable UK property is. With a firm stance on Brexit and more people looking to rent, the UK has plenty of potential for delivering strong, consistent rental yields. There’s no doubt that UK cities that were previously overlooked are now clear investment opportunities.
You can learn more about the UK property market in our free UK Property Guide for 2020.
Slough, London Commuter-Belt
Invest at Crossrail’s Premier Development
- 100m from Slough Station – serving 30,900 London commuters
- 14.8% property price increase expected by 2024
- 11.5% rental price increase expected by 2024
- Wider £3 billion regeneration plan
- Anticipated completion date Q4 2020
Investments Near London
The London Commuter Belt Options
Slough – Thriving Commercial Hotspot
Currently undergoing £3 billion worth of regeneration that includes travel links to Crossrail, Slough is a key destination for commuters from London. Property prices in Slough are expected to rise by 14.8% by 2024, while rental prices will rise by 11.5% in the same period.
Bracknell – UK Tech Cornerstone
Bracknell is a prime example of global technology brands and exceptional career opportunities driving demand. With a £770 million regeneration project sweeping through the town, the Bracknell skyline is set to be transformed. World class transport links mean London and Heathrow Airport are within easy reach for commuters that want affordability.
The Growth of Regional Cities
Best Performing: Birmingham
Birmingham is one of the most popular cities in Europe to invest in. Currently attracting £billions of investment thanks to the Big City Plan, Birmingham is building incredible amenities to meet rapidly rising demand.
With 16% property price growth since 2016, Birmingham is the leading UK city for growth over the last three years. It’s forecasting further growth of 14% over the next three.
With global businesses such as HSBC, Deutsche Bank and PwC choosing the city for their headquarters, cementing the largest professional services hub outside of London, Birmingham has also secured the bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
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Learn more about Brexit and how it may affect your investment
With a majority government helping reduce uncertainty around Brexit, the UK is maintaining its position as a leading investment market for international buyers. According to our research, 95% of Hong Kong (HK) investors don’t consider Brexit the most critical factor in their investment. Instead, HK investors are more interested in investing based on rental yield potential.
If you’re considering making an investment in the UK property market, download your free Brexit Guide to understand the impact that this seismic event has had on the UK and what the future holds for the sector as a whole.
Financing Your Property Investment
In terms of securing a mortgage for a UK property, the first important step is to find the right lender to suit your needs. Many high-street banks will have reduced products for overseas investors, highlighting the need to find a specialist lender. These types of lenders tend to have a broad outlook and will typically offer better rates than most well-known organisations. If you’re buying a Buy-to-Let purchase, it’s expected that this will be the most common method of financing.
UK enquiries from Asian expat mortgages have increased rapidly in the last few years, driven by highly-expensive property markets and increasing demand. Skipton International saw a 65% rise in BTL mortgages from Hong Kong in 2018 – a huge improvement on the 2016 figures.
Completed Q3 2017
- Original £ per Sq Ft price: £215
- Avg Sq Ft Growth: +36%
- 1 Beds £110k – £150k = £40k (36% Capital Growth)
- 2 Beds £140k – £190k = £50k (36% Capital Growth)
- Actual Capital Growth Achieved: +36%. Avg Rental Yield: 7.7%
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Completed Q4 2018
- Original £ per Sq Ft price: £282
- 2018 £ per Sq Ft price: £352
- 1 Beds £170k – £215k = £45k (26% Capital Growth)
- 2 Beds £200k – £250k = £50k (25% Capital Growth)
NOW SOLD OUT