Off-Plan Property Investment

Welcome to the Alibek Issaev property blog. Alibek Issaev has decades of experience in the residential and commercial property invetment industry. In todays post we talk about off-plan property investment. Find out how off-plan property investment gives investors the chance to enjoy a host of benefits, from reduced prices to increased quality.

Off-plan property investment has become a popular option for investors looking to access opportunities in the UK real estate market. In fact, there are buyers who choose to go off plan when looking for a house or flat that will be their primary residency.

The growth of the off-plan property investment market is multi-faceted. For one, the onset of the global financial crisis in 2008 led to many banks and traditional lenders becoming increasingly reticent when deciding whom to loan money to – a trend that has impacted consumers and businesses alike, including construction and development firms. Consequently, at a time when there is a notable need for more properties to be built across the UK, there has been a rise in the number of “investor-funded” or “buyerfunded” developments, where individual or institutional investors take the place of the banks to help in the provision of capital for the completion of a real estate project. And a vast number of investors have been eager to do so.


Increasingly common and established as a popular asset class, off-plan property investment is a part of many people’s financial plans, both in the UK and internationally. But what are the necessary steps to take before making an off-plan property investment? And how can investors find the right opportunity for them?

Alibek Issaev shares these critical questions in Your Guide to Off-Plan Property Investment.

Establishing your goals Before making any investment, property or otherwise, an investor must be clear what their aims are. Do they want to make regular monthly returns or long-term capital growth? Do they want to put their money somewhere it can slowly acquire interest or are they looking to diversify their portfolio?

Choosing the right type of property With the goal – or goals – established, an investor should be clear on the type of real estate asset they are seeking. From a hotel or care home to student accommodation or residential flats, off-plan investments cover virtually every type of property; how appropriate an asset type is will depend on what the investor is looking to achieve. It is important an investor carries out thorough research if he or she is investing in a type of property they have not previously invested in.

Deciding where to buy Location, location, location – regardless of the type of property that one is investing in, its location is of significant importance. When it comes to expected rental yields, ability to find occupants, predicted capital growth and potential ease of resale, the precise location of a property will be vital.

Conducting due diligence on the developers as well as narrowing down the asset type and location of a potential off-plan investment, investors must be careful in choosing which developers they wish to work with.

Typically an investment provider or a sales agent will be responsible for structuring the deal, but investors should conduct due diligence on the firm that is managing and developing the project itself. This process often involves seeing previous projects, including both the plans and the final product, to make sure the business has a proven track record of bringing their designs to fruition. Indeed, looking through the developer’s past portfolio will offer a strong indication of the quality of their builds and offer assurance that the upfront investment will result in a great property. Some firms will allow for investors to visit current construction sites, while it is also common for show homes or flats to be available for investors to visit.

Getting guarantees on the quality of the build If you are buying off-plan on the assumption that the property is going to be of a very high standard – which will, of course, be reflected in the price you pay – then it is vital the finished product meets those standards.

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Property Investment In A Post-Brexit World

Welcome to the Alibek Issaev property blog. Alibek Issaev is a businessman focused on value-added, targeting opportunistic real estate investments. In this week’s blog we focused about property investment in a post-brexit world. Read on to find out more..

On 23rd June 2016, the UK public voted – albeit by a narrow margin – in favour of leaving the European Union (EU). It was one of the most significant moments in recent British history, and during the two-and-ahalf years since the referendum, the topic of Brexit has never strayed far from the media spotlight. Exactly what impact the UK’s departure from the EU will have on the property market, and how investors can best plan for the future amidst the uncertainty it has caused, both remain topics of great importance.

These unanswered questions have been a source of uncertainty for people not only in Britain but internationally. Businesses, consumers and investors alike have been naturally hesitant in making major decisions, conscious of how economic landscapes and financial markets will change post-Brexit.

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The survey of more than 500 UK-based real estate investors (all of whom own two or more investment properties) found that 39% plan to increase the size of their portfolio over the coming 12 months, compared to just 11% who intend to reduce theirs. Of the others, 25% do not intend to buy or sell any property in 2019, while 15% will be selling some assets to reinvest in new properties.

With 54% of investors looking to buy a property over the year ahead, and 89% either maintaining or growing the size of their portfolios in the next 12 months, the appetite for bricks and mortar investment evidently remains strong. Nevertheless, set against the backdrop of on-going Brexit discussions and the eventual realisation of this very public divorce, property investors must keep a keen eye on how these events will impact their financial decisions. Specifically, investors have to cogitate about how they can successfully navigate the real estate market in a post Brexit world.

To that end, calling on its years of experience and unique insight into pertinent industry trends, we have created a list of five of the most important factors to consider for post-Brexit property investment.

1. Consider all the assets available. Investors should avoid viewing property investment as a black and white decision between residential and commercial real estate. While these two umbrella categories incorporate the overwhelming majority of properties available on the market, there is also a growing demand for non-traditional property investments. Importantly, keeping an open mind to different categories of real estate will ensure an investor is well positioned to source the best and most appropriate asset for their particular goals, whether that is a regular source of rental income or long-term capital gains.

2. Look to regions of high investment Along with an open-minded approach to different asset classes and how to invest in them, an investor must also identify the right locations for his or her post-Brexit property purchases. Establishing the towns, cities or counties that have experienced the highest growth in property prices is relatively straightforward given the wealth of historical data available. And while the UK market as a whole has delivered very strong returns in this regard for many years – average house prices rose by more than £60,000 between 2008 and 2018 – some markets are growing at a far quicker rate than others.

3.Think about the medium to long-term plan As with any investment, when navigating the post-Brexit property market investors must be clear on their medium- and longterm plan, including how they will exit the investment. Having a clear plan that accounts for various market fluctuations and also provides multiple means of achieving financial returns will be of particular importance when investing soon after Brexit; a period when it will be hard to predict for certain how the industry will react to the challenges leaving the EU presents.

4.Choose the right partners to work with Brexit uncertainty does not just impact investors and their decisions – for better or worse, most businesses will also feel some effect of the UK’s decision to leave the EU. It is, therefore, important that investors choose the right businesses and partners to work with. This includes mortgage providers, estate agents, construction firms, developers and solicitors. Investors must select service providers that have the confidence and assurance to deliver what is expected of them irrespective of Brexit.

5. Do not abandon the basics Due diligence in finding the right asset, the right location and the right partners is essential; however, for all of the factors outlined in this report that ought to be considered, it is equally important for property investors not to lose sight of the basics. Whatever rumours or predictions surface in the media regarding the impact Brexit could have on the UK’s property sector, the fundamentals that govern this market are unlikely to alter dramatically. Namely, returns will be shaped by the balance between supply and demand along with the relative attractiveness of a particular property or location.

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Putting Momentum Back Into The U.K Property Market

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There are tentative signs of market recovery despite year-on-year house price falls in the capital.

The new data shows that the average asking price had nudged up slightly by 1.1 per cent (or £6,694) from March this year to April across Greater London — the biggest month-on-month uplift seen at this time of year since 2015.  Recent research shows that the postcode of W1T — Marylebone, Fitzrovia and Soho — has seen the largest increase in demand with transactions up a staggering 315 per cent between 2017 and 2018, albeit from a very low base. 

Large family houses see biggest drop in asking prices.

The average asking price for large family homes in London has fallen nearly eight per cent to £1,331,227 over the last 12 months. The stamp duty burden, combined with prolonged Brexit uncertainty as the new deadline to leave the EU is pushed to the autumn, has quashed activity at the top of the mainstream housing market. 

Advertised values were also down in the first-time buyer sector too by 2.5 per cent from April 2018 to April 2019.

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