Never Pre-empt a Budget

Thousands of people across the UK rushed through the sale of properties before the budget because of rumours of a CGT hike. In retrospect they should have stayed put.

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Death and Taxes

The Irish government is examining a proposal to introduce another property tax to accompany the newly introduced ‘second property tax’. The reaction to its very public reliance on taxing property transactions for its income during the boom times has now shifted to making those currently owning property assets bear the brunt of these poor decisions.

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French Leaseback Troubles

French Leaseback property has been somewhat of a darling of the Irish overseas property investor for over half a decade now. There are signs, however, that it is a product in sever difficulty as a number of operators have either shut down or reduced rentals significantly.

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How Safe Are Hotel Room Investments?

Investment in hotel rooms, often referred to as ‘apart-hotels’ or ‘condo-hotels’ in the US and ‘serviced apartments’ in the UK, has been around since the 1970’s. The concept has experienced renewed interest across Europe in the past few years as hotel operators, with margins continually coming under pressure, explored new routes to circumvent the capital intensive nature of owning their own property portfolios.

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