Chinese and Hong Kong buyers inquiring the impact of new taxes


Chinese and Hong Kong buyers inquiring the impact of new taxes

10 Oct 2018

The total value of the investments made by Chinese, Singaporean with Chinese ethnicity and investors from Hong Kong was £118.9 billion across global property markets, where the total value of UK investments was £16.6 billion, which included both residential and commercial properties. The Q4 2018 report of Juwai.com on UK residential properties found Chinese buying inquiries tripled in the months from February to August. Liverpool inquiries increased 162.5 percent in August as compared the same month in the previous year and Manchester inquiries were 200 percent higher during the duration. London properties inquiries were 5 percent higher.  

Chinese and Hong Kong investors seek modernized cites to shift

Most property seekers are optimistic but some buyers are concerned about the impact of Brexit and tax hikes. The number of Chinese speaking users of the website Juwai.com grew more than 3.1 million. UK properties remain the top choice for Hong Kong buyers and still many buyers are seeking options due to the depreciation of pounds and hedging school fees. Many are investing in Northern powerhouse due to the shortage of affordable and quality homes in London.  

Due to inflow from foreign investors, the property rates in other cities of Europe such as Ireland and Dublin increased significantly in the last few years. The Dublin residential property price grew by 94 percent from February 2012 as per the Central Statistics Office, and the home prices in the rest of Ireland grew 10.8 percent.  In one year from August, the prices grew 6.1 percent.

Property exchange and house selling stats

TwentyCi released the Q3 data of the market where it suggests, the increase in the number of detached properties exchange, was 36 percent. The increase in new constructions was 2.5 percent, and on average, the house prices grew 1.9 percent in the year.  

The PropCast’s September Report on house selling shows the demand in Liverpool in L2 increased by 33 percent. There are higher chances of getting a buyer in cities Birmingham, Bristol, and Manchester M32, and the greatest demand is in Bristol, BS5 and BS3.  One of the most difficult places to sell properties in London, the key reasons being unaffordability and shortage. Growing cities where property markets are getting buyers easily include Bristol and Birmingham.

In Liverpool, the property rates grew 7.5 percent as per Hometrack records, and in Manchester, it is growing significantly where the demand is more as compared to supply.

Colliers International found the supply and demand were higher in the residential sector in the city centre where the development of the pipeline, which will include at least 4000 units across 12 developments is expected to be delivered in 2018 to 2022. This development will create at least 11,000 new jobs in the city centre in the sectors- healthcare, technology, and others. The generation Z graduates will be the beneficiary of these new positions. Currently, there are 70,000 people, who are renting their homes to the budding number of young workers.

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