A Property Investment Guide by a Singaporean living in London

For the last few years, Asian investors have been buying off-plan London properties at weekend exhibitions. But given that the sales agents at these exhibitions agents are often paid their commissions directly by the developers, and hence have strong personal interest in closing the sale, could this represent a conflict of interest?

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Last week I attended an informal drinks and dinner session with a group of London property investors in Islington, North London. Almost all had successfully expanded their London portfolio investment and were actively involved in the management of their properties.

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All over the main section of the newspapers during most weekends are flashy advertisements for the latest London property launches held in luxury hotel function rooms in Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

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How do the Government Schemes to help first-time buyers in Singapore & the UK measure up? 

“Is the cost of living in London still higher than Singapore?


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(This article by Harn Ho of WalkingProperty.com has been featured in several leading property websites, including Yahoo! News and Propwise.sg)

In Part One, “Overseas Property Investment: What You Should Know Before You Buy”, I discussed a number of steps a new investor can take to ensure they know what they are getting into before committing to an overseas property purchase. In Part Two, I will cover additional factors a buyer should think of when deciding what kind of property would be most suitable for their own individual circumstances.

1) Should You Go For Rental Yield or Capital Gains?


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(This article by Harn Ho of WalkingProperty.com has been featured in several leading property websites, including Yahoo! News and Propwise.sg)

For the many of us living in shoe-box flats in Singapore, the idea of owning a spacious overseas property at a fraction of what it would cost here often proves too tempting to ignore. If you’re seriously thinking of buying your first overseas property, read on for some tips before taking the plunge.

1. Go to exhibitions


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(this article first appeared as a guest post by Harn Ho to iProperty.com on 3 October 2011)