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Regarding the effects of the Covid-19 Lockdown on incoming post-secondary student activity from China to the UK, existing students are making-do with online classes but have expressed missing out on the quality and efficiency of classroom teaching, in particular face to face communication with teachers and classmates. We are receiving questions about whether Chinese families will continue to send their children to the UK for education – and the answer is YES. However, it is too soon to tell the quantity.
In the short term, Coronavirus may have dampened our will to travel worldwide, and we do expect a certain reluctance to take long-haul flights. The English may fear going to the country of origin, and the Chinese may fear coming to the European hotspot where we are still in the throes of battling the virus. In the long term, there are other socio-economic and political factors at play. However, we are seeing a particularly swelling level of enquiries from Hong Kong looking at the UK as a potential “safe-haven” with the political uncertainties and the welcoming gesture made by Boris Johnson on the promises of citizenship.
For those students and families looking to emigrate out of China, achieving an education in the UK is still a desirable and valuable option. However; if we are considering Hong Kong’s situation with respect to political changes enforced by China, we may see a new wave of immigration via education.
From the Chinese perspective, UK has performed incredibly well to offer support during the lockdown and their prevention methods were also successful in flattening the curve. So will we see more Chinese students arriving to the UK post-Coronavirus any time soon? It might be a while.
Our China Desk has made a significant sale of £12 million over the lockdown period, and have continued to make strides with closing property investment deals where virtual viewings were sufficient to satisfy investor needs. While we know the bigger investors have been relatively minimally impacted, the investors with a more modest budget will wait to hedge their bets till the time they can fly over to view in person. We continue to provide a wealth of information, promoting our virtual viewings and virtual reality options to Chinese enquiries coming in from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Vancouver; thus they gain a UK Sotheby’s International Realty education in UK real estate for both clients and buyers without the classroom setting.
Surrounded by a rewarding mix of modern style and iconic history, London Dock is situated in the heart of the capital, moments from Tower Bridge, The Tower of London, St Katharine Docks and the City. With a number of London underground and Docklands Light Railway stations within walking distance, London Dock offers quick and easy access to London’s main financial centres of the City and Canary Wharf, as well as the exciting cultural and creative neighbourhoods of Shoreditch, Whitechapel and Bermondsey.
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Over the past year we have seen a steep increase in interest from Chinese buyers. Aside from rental income and investment, international education has been a huge driver for those looking to London for property.
With respect to the civil unrest between China and Hong Kong, political strife tends to trigger financial safety planning. As tensions have increase over the past year, we are seeing an influx in people from Hong Kong, including British expats, looking to purchase property in the UK as an intent to protect their wealth in the present, and invest for the future. The fear of uncertainty is driving people to take their portfolios to safer political climates, and London has always been seen as a safe haven where they can count on property values appreciating and the prestige of London’s global status has always been attractive.
In recent months, enquiries from mainland China has slowed as anticipated because this is the time of year when they are doing year-end finance. The process of planning ahead includes assessment of their current holdings, and researching into possible options for next year. Now that they can take advantage of the currency rates we would expect the number of enquiries to normalize again after year-end.
Our Chinese market is getting more active recently. One of the reasons is that, as the weather warms for the summer holidays, parents are taking their children on vacations in the UK. Additionally because of Brexit investors are visiting London properties as this may be their last chance to make the most of this period of uncertainty, where uncertainty is holding the prices down. Last month, we have helped our clients reach and agreeable deal and negotiated the best price. Therefore, it is reasonable to predict that in the following months we will see a drastic increase in enquiries and viewings.
It is worth mentioning that some developers have refused to drop their prices during this period because they are still seeing a good number of enquiries. As a result, for those in the Chinese market who are still looking to invest in the UK, it is a signal that time is running out on the ability to get the best deal for an investment property. Now is the time to act!