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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Have We Seen the End of the Blue Chip Tenant?

The recent instability in the worldwide economy has brought an interesting concept to the fore. Have we seen the end of the Blue Chip tenant as it was previously known? The reason for asking this question is fairly obvious. Investors with lucrative long term contracts, including upward only rent reviews, over long periods are considerably less comfortable than they were just a year ago. Many of the ‘Blue Chip tenants that are still in existence have had their reputations, and their stock values, totally ravaged.

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What Happens to Bankrupted Company’s Clients?

Companies become bankrupt, it happens all the time. When companies go spectacularly bust we will see headlines about the company, its debts, its trading history, etc. We very seldom, however, see anything about the people left behind, saddled with any debt which can’t be recovered from the carcass of the expired company. Here we look at what it is like for these clients with a case study.

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