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What is UK Sotheby’s International Realty’s Invest Service ?

Andy Berthier MARLA
Head of Property Management – Residential Lettings

We source opportunities, and carry out the due diligence for clients wishing to invest in property. We help both people who are just starting their property journey and others who are looking to expand their existing property portfolio.

This involves supplying clients with detailed insights into how different types of properties or investment strategies work in the current market. We endeavour to help our investors to build up a pension, create an additional income steam or simply leave a legacy.

We can also help manage all types of property projects.

Why do we offer Invest Service?

Finding properties with real potential for a competitive price, is becoming increasingly difficult. As specialists in this area, we have the experience, skills, knowledge and network of connections to help.

How does Invest Service benefit landlords who are looking for new investment opportunities?

Existing landlords are often extremely busy, particularly if they are managing their own properties. By using our invest service, investors benefit from working with professional, reputable, passionate property people who know the local market and have access to great deals.

Sotheby’s UK Invest takes away the time to research your next opportunity.

Why do landlords choose to work with UK Sotheby’s International Realty to invest rather than go it alone?

The main reason they choose to work with us is because we save them time, hassle and in the long-term money.

In many cases we also let and manage our investors’ existing properties, so they have real confidence in our services.

What is the key difference between Invest Service and a Property Buyer?

The biggest and most important difference is that we use our own in-house team to let and manage the properties that have been sourced for investors. That way, we gain a deep understanding of how a property will perform over time. It means we can give a much more consistent and accurate overview of an investment rather than just focus on purchase prices and market statistics.

A property buyers experience is often limited to seeking out properties for purchase, without the long-term commitment to investors.

Let us source it. Renovate it. Find the tenant. Manage it.

You don’t have to wait to develop your portfolio in London or across the UK.

In fact, you shouldn’t wait.

With the UK Government about to levy the Foreign Buyer’s Tax, letting us source your next rental investment now would save you money.

The UK Stamp Duty Holiday has been extended, knowing that buyers are continuing to snap up properties in order to save on stamp duty. This means there’s a good amount of high quality properties on the market, and you don’t have to wade through the listings yourself.

投資世界中心-倫敦

現在是入手倫敦樓盤項目絕好時機,抓住印花稅假期機會快快投資倫敦吧,未來增值可期!

倫敦作為投資的安全港一直是投資人的首選之一,現在有許多新上市項目等您咨詢。聯繫我們駐倫敦辦公室亞洲區總負責人車倩毓小姐,隨時為您解答購房疑惑。

我們擅長根據您的學區、地段、資金等要求尋找樓盤項目,無論是頂級豪宅還是新開樓盤,我們都會竭盡全力找尋您的夢想之家,幫助您在海外置業。

趕快聯繫 Catharine Che 車倩毓
Head of Asia Department 亞洲區總負責人
Residential Development & Investment 住宅項目及投資

我們可以幫助您更好的在全球置業,與我們聯繫,了解更多信息。我們將派出最富有經驗的銷售專家將為您解答疑問 ,一條龍服務讓您購房無憂。

我們的公司位於英國,有著第一手的行業信息和開發商人脈。我們提供普通話,廣東話,閩南語的服務,並且時刻在線,無懼時差。

留下您的聯繫方式,我們將會盡快聯繫您。

 

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馬麗波恩廣場 |£4,710,000
特倫特莊園 | From £565,000
富勒姆景灣 | From £800,000

投資倫敦周邊優質衛星城

在倫敦周邊優質衛星城探索更多平價新開樓盤項目,既可以享受莊園生活,又可以快速抵達倫敦通勤,是您海外置業的不二之選!若您也想在英國購房置業,請趕快聯繫我們吧!

世界富豪都愛的繁華衛星城:Esher, Weybridge, Ascot, Cobham

衛星城介紹

  • 30分鐘火車抵達滑鐵盧或維多利亞站(倫敦市中心)
  • 開車速達倫敦
  • 臨近希斯路及蓋特維克飛機場
  • 盡享M25、M3和A3高速公路,聯通富人區
  • 多數頂級私立學校都在倫敦市外,輕鬆即達
  •  多樣生活配套,酒吧、餐廳、購物城
  • 英倫氣息濃厚的小鎮集市
  • 優質住房質量
  •  適閤家庭遊玩的豐富景點和娛樂設施
  • 莊園生活,市中心配套,城市近在咫尺

l趕快聯繫 Catharine Che 車倩毓
Head of Asia Department 亞洲區總負責人
Residential Development & Investment 住宅項目及投資

我們可以幫助您更好的在全球置業,與我們聯繫,了解更多信息。我們將派出最富有經驗的銷售專家將為您解答疑問 ,一條龍服務讓您購房無憂。

我們的公司位於英國,有著第一手的行業信息和開發商人脈。我們提供普通話,廣東話,閩南語的服務,並且時刻在線,無懼時差。

留下您的聯繫方式,我們將會盡快聯繫您。

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Ashcroft Park, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 | £2,500,000
Queens Drive, Oxshott, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 | Price on Application
Vicarage Walk, Bray, Maidenhead, Berkshire, SL6 | £3,500,000

投資約克,英國

海外置業投資當然首選約克!在約克發現更多平價新盤,市中心舒適生活享受,更大住房面積且無公攤面積。純正英倫文化體驗,從約克開始!

約克介紹

  • 1小時45分鐘抵達國王十字火車站
  • 1小時火車抵達愛丁堡及蘇格蘭
  • Top10 羅素集團優質大學
  • 高端私立學校
  • 歷史悠久,約克大教堂是英國最著名的地標之一
  • 米芝蓮1星餐廳,優質生活
  • 精品商店
  • 1小時駕車即達著名海灘Yorkshire Moors 和Dales,盡享夏日陽光

趕快聯繫 Catharine Che 車倩毓
Head of Asia Department 亞洲區總負責人
Residential Development & Investment 住宅項目及投資

我們可以幫助您更好的在全球置業,與我們聯繫,了解更多信息。我們將派出最富有經驗的銷售專家將為您解答疑問 ,一條龍服務讓您購房無憂。

請留下您的聯繫方式,我們將會盡快聯繫您。

 

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The Gasworks, York | From £190,000

How the Chinese are looking at UK property post-lockdown | Catharine Che

Catharine Che| 车倩毓 Head of China Region

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.

London Dock, London

£1,290,000

2 Bedrooms

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.

Wapping is a truly authentic destination, filled with independent cafés and restaurants, which has for hundreds of years been a vibrant part of London life. The Prospect of Whitby – London’s oldest riverside pub – was popular with Charles Dickens, diarist Samuel Pepys and renowned artists Turner and Whistler. By the river, Hermitage Community Moorings attracts sailing barges, tugs and small boats, keeping alive Wapping’s river heritage.

Properties with Video Tours

The Tower, St Georges Wharf, London, SW8

£2,750,000
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,252 Sq. Ft.

Video Tour
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Romney Street, Westminster , London, SW1P

£2,750,000
3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,252 Sq. Ft.

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Global Series – Cape Cod, MA

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

In our next feature of the Global Series we travel to Cape Cod to interview Emily Van Giezen of Gibson Sotheby’s International Realty. I first met Emily in Los Angeles at a Sotheby’s International Realty conference and we have been part of the Next Gen group with agents from around the globe sharing ideas and knowledge. I’ve also personally spent time in Cape Cod as a child during summer holidays and loved the scenery and beaches it has to offer. If you are thinking about a second home in one of the finest areas in the USA I’d be very happy to introduce Emily and her team.


1. Which City/ area are you from?

Emily Van Giezen

I currently reside in Orleans, Massachusetts on Cape Cod- a fantastic coastal community. Originally I grew up in New Jersey just outside of New York City where I worked for a number of years before relocating to the Cape.

 

2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Cape Cod is famous for it’s beautiful sandy beaches, sunsets, fresh oysters and seafood, lighthouses, and endless summer activities. Many love the accessibility of bay and ocean waters for relaxing days on their boats. It is also home to the last standing drive-in movie theatre on Cape Cod from 1957 which is a popular evening experience for visitors and locals alike. I personally love the Chatham Bars Inn and Wequasett resorts as well.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Although we do have many year-round residents, Cape Cod is primarily a second home market. Summer rentals are also popular. Many originate from the Boston, New York, and New Jersey areas. We do see a number of folks from the UK and West Coast as well. The real estate market is active at all times of the year with core activity during the late spring, summer, and early fall. As a full time Cape Cod resident, it is delightful to experience these months as they come to life. During that time each year these folks help our local economy thrive. I’ve met some amazing people of which I still have close relationships with today.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

Lake Dr, Orleans, MA – $870,000

My favourite listing is one that just came to market. It is a custom built and well maintained ranch style home located in a private association. A beautiful inlet with a sandy beach that is private to the association residents is particularly attractive because of the dock and deep water access. In the town of Orleans (and surrounding towns), the list is quite long to obtain a public mooring. The home itself abuts seven acres of conservation land which means the backyard will always be screened with trees as it cannot be developed. Am I allowed to drop some branding? Professional media and details can be found at www.58lakedr.com.

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

Homes continue to list and sell daily, though the activity has significantly decreased in pending sales – about 50%. Despite this shift, value remains consistent. It is predicted that sales and rentals will bounce back quickly. The Cape is easily accessed by car and for many that will mean choosing this mode of transportation over flight when planning vacations. Interest in commutable second home markets as a future precaution is also very likely. Additionally, the current circumstances have launched us into utilizing and normalizing technology that has been available to us for a long time. Orleans, as are other towns, are quite close knit. Observing the community and small business owners coming together to support each other is incredibly heart warming. We truly are all in this together!

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

Being proactive! I recommend:

– Starting each day with ten minutes of journaling. Write down 3 things you are grateful for, how you want to show up for that day, and a positive message to yourself. Be your own cheerleader!

– Ask yourself: Have I eaten? Have I showered? Have I done something creative?

– Also start this day with a list. Organize into high and low energy tasks.

– Build a schedule and stick to it. Include time for self care and honour your boundaries. What are your non-negotiables?

– Celebrate your small wins throughout the day

– Stay connected but know when to take a break and disconnect. Tune in to both your physical and mental health. Practice grace with yourself.

– Mental stretch: what does your 8 year old self need?

– InsightTimer App is my go to for guided meditation and calming music.

– Prepare for a more peaceful sleep and “brain dump” before bed. Write it all down and clear what is weighing on your mind. Calming tea also helps!

I don’t know the originator of this quote, but I write it down I’m my journal everyday: “When you let go of what no longer serves you, you create space for what is meant to be.”

7. Your best real estate story?

Selling real estate on Cape Cod itself! I meet amazing folks from all walks of life and have seen and sold some incredible homes. Experiencing the positive energy of visitors and homeowners is electric as Cape Cod is a safe and special place. They are excited to be here. My parents first purchased their own property when I was just three months old and we have been summering here ever since until permanently relocating. Everyday is my best story as I observed my parents live out their dream, now I am able to help others do the same. Including my own! I love having the creative freedom to take my business and listings to the next level because an artist, I practice art through operating my business. Client satisfaction is the greatest measure of this success.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

My list is quite long! Most places in Europe, Dubai, Tulum, and Iceland are at the top.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

Londonnnn! I have always wanted to visit during the holidays. Hopefully early December!

London to Vancouver | Global Series

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

Our latest in the Global Series interview takes us to Vancouver to meet Will Mckitka and Kevin Hardy. I first met Will and Kevin in Vancouver at the Sotheby’s International Realty Global Networking Event. They live and work in one of the most beautiful locations, and were the most hospitable of hosts when 1000’s of Sotheby’s employees descended on their city! If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit this City and the beautiful countryside surrounding it I would highly recommend a visit.


1. Which City/ area are you from?

Vancouver, Canada- Specializing in Downtown penthouses, luxury condominiums, and detached homes throughout the city.

2. What are the best things to do/ see where you live?

Kevin Hardy and Will Mckitka

Vancouver is one the great cities in North America blessed with the best geography. It’s natural beauty and moderately warm climate compared to most Canadian/ Northern American cities makes it a favourite for those seeking warmer winters. It’s also a favourite of International Investors, albeit that has slowed in the last few years due to introduction of several taxes aimed at foreign buyers. There are numerous ski mountains within 30 minutes of the Downtown core, sandy beaches, hiking and walking trails and extensive cycling routes throughout the city and of course the World Famous 1,000 acre Stanley Park. There are numerous golf courses open year round. Visitors enjoy an easy day trip to the Capital City of British Columbia- Victoria ( named after Queen Victoria) by way of scenic ferry trips through the San Juan Islands. Another favourite day trip is the 90 min/120 km drive along the Sea to Sky Highway to Whistler/Blackcomb resort, one of the largest and finest in North America. There’s a very diverse and multicultural food scene here to satisfy the savviest of culinary experts too! Vancouverites are friendly and welcome the world.

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Our Market had enjoyed an unprecedented growth and price increases year over for over a decade through the 2000’s. A series of Provincial and City taxes aimed at significantly cooling down the market were introduced 2016-2018. These include Foreign Buyers tax, Vacancy Tax, Speculation tax and Property Transfer taxes. The taxes eventually cooled the markets significantly. Prices dropped by 20% plus in certain segments. Detached homes in tony neighbourhoods which Offshore buyers had previously dominated suffered the most. Sales volume sank and prices slowly adjusted downwards over a 3 1/ 2year period.

Over the last year the market across the board has improved significantly and prices have been again rising slowly. The beginning of 2020 has been a much hotter market. Detached homes in certain hot areas have seen cases of price wars driven by multiple offers and home selling for $200,000-$300,00 over asking price. We were all enjoying the newly rebounding market until the recent COVID-19 outbreak. Our market in the last 3 weeks has come to a near standstill with most buyers taking a “wait and see approach”. There have been no signs of significant price reductions or panic selling to date. People in Vancouver seem willing to ride out this storm for the time being.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

My business partner Kevin and I currently have two listings that we are particularly fond of…

One is an amazing 30th full floor, 7,316 Sq. FT. Penthouse with incredible millwork and finishing. Five-bedrooms, eight-baths but the show stopper is an incredible 2,200 Sq.Ft. wrap around terrace that highlights every quintessential Vancouver view…soaring mountains, parks, beaches and ocean! $12,800,000.

The other is a beautifully restored First Shaughnessy Tudor Revival mansion named The Rosemary. This twelve-bedroom, thirteen-bathroom home is almost 27,000 Sq Ft. and features pristine heritage features and millwork. It’s a Vancouver landmark, The current owner spent four years and over $6,000,000 on a painstaking restoration project. It’s a visual feast with soaring ceilings, grand oak staircases and eleven fireplaces.

 

5. How has the Covid-19 Pandemic affected your location?

We are currently in a Stay Home directive meaning that persons are asked to stay indoors for the most part except to do essential shopping such as for groceries and pharmacy. All offices and retail stores are virtually close except for essential services. Real estate has been deemed an essential service in B.C. so we are technically allowed to work. Most showings are postponed and the use of Matterport 360 virtual walk through videos are generating buyer calls. We believe that the market will be stalled through at least June.

6. What are your best tips for living/ working from home?

The simple answer is good red wine and Zoom virtual cocktail parties! My Partner Kevin Hardy and I have found the value in maintaining a sense of humour and counting one’s blessing. Taking some time to reflect on simpler times and the little things one used to take for granted give me moments of joy or an unexpected smile. In the back of my head I hear my grandmother’s stories of tough times and how it brought people together in the Great Depression. It makes me smile and feel grateful. Kevin and I are contacting clients and Realtors via phone , emails and Zoom. We believe that it is a time to be sensitive and not appear to be self serving. There will be opportunities for the less risk obverse in the future. For most people the time for that message may be in a month from now, for others that are repeat clients/friends a more informal casual call is always welcome. We’re trying to get organized but like most other humans in this world today sometimes we fall a little short. Most importantly my partner Kevin and I have had a frank discussion to reaffirm the value we find in each other as business partners and friends. The Sotheby’s International Realty Family here in North America has been an incredible support group and terrific for morale as well. Sotheby’s …FOR THOSE THAT SEEK AN INCREDIBLE LIFE!

7. Your best real estate story?

Well I think that’s best left for the memoirs! I’ve been a realtor since I was 20 years old and over the decades I’ve seen a lot of changes and met a lot of people. Realtors are a special breed and generally an exceptional group of people. The best stories usually involve difficult people and heroic actions by hard working realtors. There is one great story that’s so incredible but the NDA does not permit such tattling.

8. Where is on your travel bucket list?

South America is certainly on the list. Also, I’ve always wanted to go to Canadian North – in particular, Churchill Manitoba in the fall when the Polar Bears are migrating and wander right through the streets of this tiny town accessible by rail when the ground is frozen solid. It’s a Canadian thing! I was planning on visiting Guy Bradshaw, this summer on route to Spain and then probably visit friends in Poland and Eastern Europe. I’ve told Guy to put the G and T on hold until the late summer or fall until the covid-19 crisis is more resolved.

9. And finally…….. when are you coming to visit us in London!?

See 8 above… Not soon enough…Guy Bradshaw owes Kevin and I a pint!

Global Series | Checking in with Hong Kong

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

In the first of our interviews, we are visiting Hong Kong to interview Binoche Chan, Chief Operating Officer at List Sotheby’s International Realty. Binoche has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing and working with luxury properties. Hong Kong and London have maintained a special relationship with some of the world’s best luxury real estate. We will explore the best things to see and visit once the travel restrictions are lifted and what is happening on the ground in Hong Kong now.


1. Which city/area are you from?

Hong Kong

2. What are the best things to do/see where you live?

  • Business and investment.
  • Vibrant night life entertainment, restaurants of all kinds, dim sum is so good here
  • Hiking – there are so many beautiful trails.
  • Water spots the beach and ocean is within 15 to 30 minutes.
  • History and sight-seeing Victoria Harbour, the Peak with day and night panoramas.
  • Street food – a daring challenge!

3. Tell us a little about your market?

Very resilient and fast trading market support by strong local demand.
Interest rate is very low and financing is easy to arrange.
Commercial Retail market is suffering a lot due to coronavirus.

4. What is your favourite listing currently on your books and why?

Ha Yeung, $37,500,000 HKD

This house provides a very different alternative lifestyle to residing in Hong Kong. A similar priced apartment would be half the size in the city centre. Clear Water Bay’s location is great with a fast highway which only takes 25 minutes drive to Central Business District.

5. How has the Covid-19 pandemic affected your location?

With the SARS experience in 2003, Hong Kong citizens were very careful and took immediate action to avoid the virus from spreading when the COVID-19 virus first hit Hong Kong in January 2019 with cases principally from mainland China. Everyone wears face masks and uses sanitiser or washes hand whenever possible. At first it was not too serious in Hong Kong but now, we are facing a second hit from cases coming back from all over the world. As a true international city, this is kind of unavoidable. However, given the discipline and efforts of everyone in the community, we have strong faith that Hong Kong will be one of the earliest cities to recover.

6. What are your best tips for living/working from  home?

Routine and momentum are most important. You must try to keep a regular schedule similar to how you might work in your office so that you can keep the same responsiveness to your team and clients. Leverage the power of technology, conduct meetings with all kind of apps available so we can keep a closer relationship with your counterparts compare to using purely phone calls.

7. Your best real estate story?

Relationship passes on generations. Clients become friends. When being trusted, I think that’s the best reward. There are some very nice clients who rely on me beyond just pure real estate transactional services but also other things such as financial planning after selling a property. When their families has needs, I am the first one being called.

8. What is on your travel bucket list

Middle East countries and Eastern Europe.

9. and finally… When are you coming to visit us in London?!

I miss London. I can come back anytime when the virus is gone. Look forward to seeing you there!

Update | China Desk

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.

Ning (Channing) Cheng
China Desk