Canary Wharf: The Expanding Property Investment Hotspot of East London

Traditionally, East London has been predominantly an industrial part of the capital. It’s previously been synonymous with abandoned warehouses and derelict docks. However, in recent decades, this part of London has undergone dramatic changes with transformative regeneration. And the focus of the capital as a whole is shifting to the east.


What does the Leasehold Reform (Ground Rent) Bill mean for property investors?

In recent years, there has been much talk and speculation over leasehold reform in the UK. A ground rent cap in particular has been a significant part of the discussion.

What are leasehold properties?

For starters, it’s important to understand what leasehold properties are. When…


With an increasing number of people entering the buy-to-let market in the UK, there are a number of rules and regulations to be aware of. And as there have been recent changes in the private rented sector, landlords need to ensure they remain up-to-date on the latest changes.

1. Tax changes

There have been a number of tax changes to the letting market in recent years. Landlords need to stay on top of these to ensure they are factoring these costs into their property investments.

Stamp duty surcharge for overseas buyers

On…


Renting a property out always comes with risks, and one of the main risks for any property investor is a tenant not being able to pay rent and falling into arrears. Rental guarantee is a form of insurance that covers rent if a tenant defaults on payments. This can provide additional protection and peace of mind.

What does rental guarantee cover?

Rental guarantee covers rental income for landlords when a tenant is unable or unwilling to pay rent. This kind of insurance policy helps ensure landlords and investors aren’t left short. …


[2021] New Help to Buy scheme announced

The Government has announced a new Help to Buy scheme to run from April 2021. It is restricted to first-time buyers and includes regional property price caps to ensure the scheme reaches people who need it most. There are no changes to the current Help to Buy equity loan scheme which runs to March 2021.

The new scheme will run from April 2021 to March 2023. As with the current scheme, under the new scheme, the government will lend buyers up to 20% of the cost of a newly built home, and up to 40% in London.

Help to Buy…


Dennis Chan, Chestertons Global Head of Sales, navigates through the key questions facing investors living in the Gulf.

Can overseas investors buy UK property?

Yes, overseas investors are allowed to buy properties in United Kingdom. This is a really popular question I get from clients based in the Middle East and Asia. Unlike some cities in the world that impose legal limitations on overseas investors buying properties, there are no restrictions for international buyers purchasing UK real estate. You also do not have to be a UK resident or possess a UK employment visa in order to make the purchase.


For international property investors, Dubai offers a lot of attractive opportunities. As a smart investor, it is important for you to understand how the property buying process works in Dubai — the steps involved, the fees and expenses you have to incur, and how to protect your rights as an overseas property owner.

Advantages Of Buying Off-Plan Properties in Dubai

  1. This is your opportunity to buy the best unit(s) at the lowest possible price for the project, in turn maximizing the returns on your investment.
  2. There is an opportunity to be had before the project is even completed, at a considerable profit on the assumption that the…

If you are looking to move to the UAE or are looking for new residency options, the UAE has announced several visa options in recent years and many of these options involves the purchase of a property. With these new changes, students, entrepreneurs, working professionals or retirees can get a residence visa and sponsor their families as well.

Option 1: Retirement Visa (5-Year)

Five-year renewable retirement residency visa is available to those above 55 years of age and who meet the eligibility criteria. …


With a population that consists of roughly 85% foreigners, it is fairly common for expats to rent and buy in Dubai.

1. Downtown Dubai

Known for the record-breaking Burj Khalifa and Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai is well known for it’s upscale lifestyle — luxury shopping, premium restaurants and world-class entertainment.


There are numerous benefits to buying new-build properties, and there are even more benefits when purchasing these properties off-plan. Buying off-plan involves committing to purchasing a home prior to the development being built. This could be any time before construction has started or right before it’s finished.

Amenities, energy efficiency and warranties

For starters, purchasing a new-build can be less stressful than buying an existing property as there is no chain involved and no risk of being gazumped. As a buyer, being gazumped is when your offer has been accepted on a property, but in the buying process, another party makes a higher offer that…

Dennis Chan

I am an international property investor since 2009 and my passion is to help others climb up the property ladder along the way. Follow me along on my journey!

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