Finweek English Edition - - COVER STORY -

With con­fi­dence re­turn­ing to the UK econ­omy and higher em­ployer de­mand, mar­ket sen­ti­ment for the first six months of 2013 has been at its most ro­bust since 2008, with pre­dic­tions of an 18% aver­age growth in house prices over the next five years.

Prime Cen­tral Lon­don has al­ways been seen as a good in­vest­ment mar­ket and prop­erty, whether buy­ing or rent­ing, is ex­pen­sive. Add to this the short­age of homes, which fur­ther fu­els prop­erty prices so that not only lo­cals but also for­eign­ers com­pete for what’s avail­able. Last year, there were just 18 000 res­i­den­tial prop-

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