Buy-to-Let | How to expand your property portfolio

Are you looking to expand your property portfolio? Find out how we can help!

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.

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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。

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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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Contest Closed | Win A Collection of the World’s Rarest Coffee

To celebrate the partnership between Difference Coffee and UK Sotheby’s International Realty, we were delighted to offer the opportunity to win a collection of Difference Coffee’s Classic Collection, the best selling boxes (valued at £99). These coffee pods are Nespresso-compatible capsules, and used by some of the best restaurants in the world. Simply sign up to the mailing list using the form below for your chance to win and don’t forget to share the contest with a friend.

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Entries were accepted until 20th December, 2020 and the winners will be notified shortly after. One winner will be chosen at random. Prize is non-transferable and must be fulfilled before 31st March, 2021. By entering this contest, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age.

 

 

 

 

 

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On 8th July, the government announced that there will be a Stamp Duty holiday until 31st March 2021

The major news is that Chancellor Rishi Sunak has now raised the minimum Stamp Duty threshold to £500,000; where previously Stamp Duty was paid on homes sold for at least £125,000, for first time buyers, or on properties sold for more than £300,000.

However for those in the upper real estate market…things get a bit cloudier. Understandably, each case and situation is different so we encourage you to call us to find out how much you will be saving under the new rules.

Variables include whether or not you’re buying a second home, an investment, and the various price ranges above £500,000.

The good news for buyers:

You could save thousands.

The good news for sellers:

Buyers are now more actively looking to purchase.

Call us to find out how much you will  benefit from the Stamp Duty changes

 

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.

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Romney Street, Westminster , London, SW1P

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

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6 Tips for using Washable Face Coverings

As of 15th of June, face coverings will be required on all public transport in England

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As we emerge from lock-down, staying alert is part of the new normal. We are open for business and we continue to follow the guidance provided by the government. We are booking viewings and valuations as per usual with respect to new safety measures.

See our other post for advice on Disposable Face Coverings

 

8 hours is the limit, and replace if it becomes damp
Put away used masks until washing
Wash reusable masks after each use
If mask becomes damaged remove it and replace with a new one
Wash for at least 30 seconds by hand or in a machine. It is safe to wash with other items
Masks are only effective in combination with frequent hand washing

Using face coverings | 6 Tips

As of 15th of June, face coverings will be required on all public transport in England

Guy Bradshaw
Director, Head of London Residential

As we emerge from lock-down, staying alert is part of the new normal. We are open for business and we continue to follow the guidance provided by the government. We are booking viewings and valuations as per usual with respect to new safety measures.

See our other post for advice on Washable Face Coverings

Using face coverings | 6 Tips

1. Wash your hands thoroughly before putting on your mask
2. Ensure it covers your nose and mouth completely and watch for gaps
3. Avoid touching your ask once it’s on, and wash your hands first before readjusting your mask
4. Replace as soon as it’s damp and do not reuse single-use masks
5. Remove the mask from behind and dispose immediately in a covered bin
6. Wash your hands with soap and water, or an alcohol-based rub

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!