Key Findings for Swiss Investors Investing in the UK
Trade links between the UK and Switzerland are estimated to be worth over £31.7 billion a year.
UK Regional Cities
have emerged as prime investment destinations with high rental yields and strong tenant demand.
The UK remains a leading target for European investment in 2019.
Investing in UK property from Switzerland
While the UK market continues to indirectly experience the impact of political uncertainty, it remains a leading target for European investment in 2019, driven by overperforming regional cities delivering excellent returns and incredible developments drawing increasing tenant demand.
Within the EU, the Swiss market remains a crucial sector for UK goods and services. Generally, the Swiss economy has performed above average since the global recession, growing by an average of 1.7% between 2010 and 2016. Trade links between the two countries are estimated to be worth over £31.7 billion a year, and increasingly, Swiss investors are identifying opportunities in a market where they can get more for their money.
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Is the UK market still a target for European investors with Brexit?
The opinion in Europe is the same as with the Brits – once Brexit has happened and stability returns, the real estate market will continue to prosper. We have seen this happen for decades and once a political or economic uncertainty has passed prices continue to rise which makes now the right time to invest. Overseas buyers are predominately looking for long-term and sustainable ROI meaning that investing in regional UK cities such as Birmingham with its undersupply and high demand as well as tenant demand being stronger providing confidence to the investor – all of which could explain the upturn in investing in UK Real Estate from Switzerland.
What areas in the UK are appealing to European investors?
Investing in UK Real Estate from Switzerland has historically focused on the South of the country and London in general. Investors are always chasing the best returns and London has, for a period of time, delivered high capital growth which made up for the low rental yields being achieved. With changes to stamp duty for investors and also the high prices and current low capital appreciation, London is failing in comparison with the regional cities in the UK, cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Liverpool, which have seen great growth but unfortunately also a high amount of build which means the markets are becoming slightly saturated.
Areas with large scale investment and infrastructure improvements such as Birmingham, with its growing business centre and projects such as HS2, are now high on the list of all real estate investors. Low supply of city centre apartments and unprecedented demand is contributing to a sustainable market.
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