Collegiate AC continue 2017 expansion launching new division with Rob Clothier at the helm

Collegiate AC continue 2017 expansion launching new division with Rob Clothier at the helm

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With Collegiate AC’s extensive expansion plans set for Europe in 2017, the leading provider of luxury student accommodation in the UK has announced the appointment of Rob Clothier as Development Director.

Set to manage a newly launched division, Acquisitions & Development Management, we spoke with Rob to discuss his role and the future for Collegiate AC;

 

What does your new role entail?  

 

“As part of our continued strategic expansion, Collegiate AC have launched a brand new division; Collegiate Acquisitions & Development Management. Our core objectives will be on supporting our clients through the following stages of new projects to ensure they achieve the Collegiate AC standards for consumer quality, branding and investment sustainability;

 

  1. Evaluation, appraisal and acquisition
  2. Layout, room mix, detailed design and specification
  3. Tendering support, branding and construction phases

 

The team will focus on delivering class-leading stock for our clients and our students, as we enter into longer and stronger partnerships.”

 

 

What is it about this new role that excites you?

 

“Collegiate AC have an outstanding reputation for the delivery and operation of superior student accommodation, whilst delivering the best value for their clients and their students. Working with one of the markets leading providers, establishing an acquisition and development management team – providing more support to a strategic number of clients and investors – and being part of a successful team to grow this incredibly strong brand, both here in the UK and overseas – is very exciting indeed.”

 

 

How does your experience from previous positions prepare you for this role?

 

“I have over 16 years’ experience in the Property / Construction industry.  Starting as QS with a main contractor, responsible for ensuring a high-quality build, within budget and to programme – provided me with essential delivery experience.

 

Within the last 8 years, I have worked for the property development arm of Bouygues UK and specifically their student accommodation brand Uliving, developing over 5,000 purpose built student accommodation beds across the country. This role gave me vital experience in structuring development transactions from the very outset, working with universities and landowners to meet their objectives in full.

 

The combination of roles allowed me to secure a skill set which completes the development cycle, from acquisition through to delivery.”

 

What do you see as being the greatest challenges?

 

“The student accommodation sector is a highly competitive one. Ensuring that we listen to the needs of our students, clients and investors in this time of expansion, whilst continuing to focus on the Collegiate AC brand principals and core values, will be critical in maintaining success and achieving our business plan going forward.”

 

What can the industry expect from Collegiate in 2017?

 

“From a project perspective – a continued focus on the UK market, ensuring that all projects due for completion in time for the start of the 2017 / 2018 academic year, are handed over to the operational team successfully. In addition to this, we are very excited to have launched the first of our European schemes, Collegiate Marquês Pombal, a flagship project in Lisbon, also due for completion later this year.

 

The Acquisition and Development team will be strengthening our activity in the UK and Europe, continuing to work with key clients and investors. Excitingly other transactions across the continent are due for financial close throughout the calendar year.”

 

For more information, contact Collegiate on +44 1235 250 140 or visit www.collegiate-ac.com.

What to look out for in the new financial year – 3 predictions from easyMarkets

What to look out for in the new financial year – 3 predictions from easyMarkets

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  • EUR/GBP could the currency pair to pay close attention to
  • Political instability could have a notable impact on gold
  • Sugar needs watching, with prices down 14.1% in Q1 2017

 

The new financial year is the perfect time to take stock of your finances and make some changes to ensure that the year ahead is even more profitable than the one before.

While the government uses April to increase taxes and cut spending, savvy investors are using the month to their own advantage.

“Many investors use the start of the new financial year to reassess their portfolio, with traders looking for new opportunities resulting from economic changes introduced by the UK government. April is the perfect time to look ahead and see what prospects the new financial year holds.”

James Trescothick, Chief Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

According to the experts at easyMarkets, those opportunities are likely to be plentiful as the 2017/18 financial year unfolds. One currency pairing to watch closely right now is the EUR/GBP.

For the euro, the coming election in France is a major key. 23rd April is the first round and the expectation is that Marine Le Pen could win this round. She is very anti-EU and has said if she does win, then she will implement France’s own EU Referendum. The second round of the election is on 7th May. Le Pen is expected to lose this round, but the race is tight. EUR/GBP bulls and bears will be watching this outcome very closely.

Gibraltar is British territory and has been since 1713, though Spain disputes this and has asked on many occasions for joint sovereignty. Michael Howard’s comments on comparing Gibraltar to the Falkland Islands have not helped and goes to show that divorce proceedings will not be easy. Negotiations between the EU and the UK are expected to start in June.

The MPC official bank rate vote for the UK on 11 May could also impact on the EUR/GBP. The previous MPC vote (in March) caused a stir, as one-member voted for a rate hike. If other members join the call for a rate hike – or indeed if that member withdraws his vote to raise interest rates – it could give an indication as to if and when the UK could raise interest rates. Many believe the BOE is likely to raise rates before the ECB.

Bearing all of this in mind, the EUR/GBP is the pair to be mindful of over the next three months, as there will be a lot that could impact on its direction. The euro started to gain momentum against the sterling in December 2015, with the build-up to the UK referendum, and then picked up the pace after the shock result, spiking to the highest level against the sterling on October 2016 (the highest level since 1 January 2009). It has dropped back slightly since then, but is still trading at levels not seen since 2013.

The French elections are likely to cause volatility but the anticipation of Marine Le Pen actually winning is slowly dying down. Only a shock win for Le Pen could really put the EUR/GBP under pressure. As for the sterling, the ongoing political spat between the UK and the EU could cause movements, but the market is pretty much expecting this not to be an easy separation. For the pound, it will really be about economic data and hints of future rate hikes by the Bank of England that could give it support against the EURO.

When it comes to market predictions, the easyMarkets team has also flagged gold as the precious metal of the moment.

“Trump trade is losing momentum. On the back of Trump’s failed attempt to pass his healthcare reform through the Senate, there is now general consensus that he will also fail to pass some key fiscal policies such as tax cuts and infrastructure spending. The so called “Trump trade” relied heavily on Trump passing such policies. With hope on this waning, gold is showing signs of gaining strength.”

James Trescothick, easyMarkets

 

Gold is also showing resilience despite the fact that the Federal Reserve has raised interest rates twice within the last three months. 14th June will see another interest rate decision by the Federal Reserve, and though there was talk of two further interest rate hikes this year, with inflation currently holding where it is, there is now trepidation slipping in that there will only be one further rate rise in 2017. If this is the case, gold could benefit, so June could point us in the direction gold may go.

Political unease in Europe is also helping gold shine, with the likes of the Brexit negotiations and the French elections firmly in the headlines. There is also political unrest developing further in South Africa.

Gold survived a huge test in March, where it dipped below the key $1200 oz. level before bouncing back. With so much political instability at present, there is definitely enough uncertainty for gold to be attractive for investors. However, though it is trading (at the time of writing) at a five-month high, it could be all about whether the Fed will be aggressive and raise rates twice this year. Thus the outcome of the 14th June rate decision could be pivotal for gold.

As the new financial year unfolds, the easyMarkets team will also be keeping a close eye on sugar. Sugar had a bumper year in 2016, hitting highs of 24.05 cents per pound in September 2016 (a level it hasn’t reached since 2012). Since then it has fallen back and in Q1 sugar declined around 14.1%.

Brazil is the largest producer of the sweet commodity and production has increased due to the higher prices in 2016. Droughts caused by El Nino were largely responsible for the rising prices, having caused a production deficit by affecting several major sugar-producing nations in Asia.

“Now there are signs that, with increased production, there is a surplus of sugar, which could indicate why we are currently seeing a decline. There is talk from some analysts that the price could fall down to 15 cents per pound in the coming months. Looking at a weekly chart, there looks like there could be a potential Elliot wave developing, where sugar is currently in the middle of wave three on the downside. Sugar needs to be watched very closely over the coming months.”

James Trescothick, easyMarkets

 

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.

 

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Top of the Props: Foreign buyers go back to Greece

Top of the Props: Foreign buyers go back to Greece

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  • Greece now 4th most popular country
  • Interest in Greek property at six-month high
  • Italy climbs to third place and Spain holds on to second
  • Investors return to Canada after recent dip in popularity

Foreign property buyers are going back to Greece at the start of 2017, reveals TheMoveChannel.com’s Top of the Props index. The country was the fourth most popular country on the international property portal in January 2017, its first time in the Top 10 in six months.

Greece stormed the charts at the start of the new year, rising 18 places to overtake Portugal in the monthly report. Greek real estate received 2.1 per cent of all enquiries on the international portal during January. This is the country’s highest share of enquiries since August 2013, when it accounted for 3.26 per cent of all enquiries. Greece’s last time in the Top 10 was in July 2016, when it was ranked ninth, with 1.39 per cent of enquiries.

Italy also enjoyed rising overseas interest, climbing five places in the Top of the props chart to be the third most sought-after destination. Italian real estate accounted for 5.97 per cent of January’s enquiries, up from 1.59 per cent in December 2016 and its highest share since August 2012 (6.12 per cent).

Spain held on to second place, confirming the country’s continuing appeal to foreign investors. Portugal rose one place into fifth, increasing its share of enquiries from 1.92 per cent to 2.02 per cent. France slipped into ninth, but remained in the Top 10 for the 17th month in a row, just above Thailand and just below Germany.

After a dip in popularity, following the introduction of Vancouver’s foreign buyer tax last August, Canada saw investors return, with the country climbing into sixth place.

The USA remained the most popular destination on TheMoveChannel.com for the seventh consecutive month, accounting for one in every six enquiries (14.65 per cent).

“After a brief rekindling of interest last summer, the start of 2017 showed signs of overseas demand for Greek property flickering back to life,” comments TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson.

“Interest was not just contained to one area, but across several regions, with enquiries soaring for property in the North Aegean, Crete, the South Aegean and Attica.

“After a year of political uncertainty elsewhere, talk of national debt and a potential ‘Grexit’ is back in the headlines in 2017, but Greece’s lifestyle appeal has not gone away. In fact, it is more affordable than ever, after house prices have dropped for the last eight years in a row. In 2016, however, they fell 2.2 per cent, the smallest decrease recorded since 2009. With the rate of decline slowing, and owning a holiday home now an attractive alternative to renting, foreign interest in Greek real estate may be showing the first signs of a gradual rebound.”

“US property remains one of the most appealing in the world,” adds Mr. Johnson. “The country’s economy, regardless of its political situation, is stable, with the Federal Reserve still on course to raise interest rates again this year. The country’s economic conditions may be the opposite of Greece, but their popularity shares one key factor: the low price of Greek real estate maximises the potential yield available from rental income, while in the US, investors are racing to find the best possible returns, before property values climb too high.”

Click here to see the full top 40 property destinations for January 2017.

 

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Lies, damned lies, and timeshares!

Lies, damned lies, and timeshares!

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  • Lie: “It’s not a timeshare!” Truth: It’s a timeshare
  • Lie: “You can cancel at any time!” Truth: You can’t cancel after the cooling off period
  • Lie: “This investment won’t lose value!” Truth: All properties can lose value

The phrase “lies, damned lies, and statistics” refers to the use of persuasive numbers and statistics to bolster weak arguments. This is precisely what many of those who have mis-sold timeshares have done, along with telling some outright lies not even thinly veiled by statistics.

In recent months, a rise in compensation claims – and significant payouts – has led to some of these lies (“This is really a fractional ownership property, not a timeshare”) being exposed during important legal rulings.

A spokesperson from Timeshare Compensation explains,

“Each judgement that goes against a timeshare company is clarifying the picture of the kind of mis-selling that can lead to compensation. This has so far included floating week products, contracts that last longer than 50 years and sales that saw money being handed over during the cooling off period.

“Timeshares that were dressed up as fractional ownership properties have now also been deemed illegal. This is excellent news for many of those who bought timeshares in good faith, only to find that they weren’t signed up to quite what they were expecting.”

To aid families who have been mis-sold timeshares in the past, along with those who are currently thinking of investing in a holiday property of some sort, the Timeshare Compensation team has put together a list of the most common lies, half-truths and misrepresentations used by timeshare companies.

The Timeshare Compensation Guide to Timeshare Lies

“This is not a timeshare!”

In any kind of arrangement that involves you sharing the use of accommodation without owning a share of that property, this is a timeshare. Whether the accommodation is a villa, club, apartment, or even a boat, where you use it for a short period of time on an annual or bi-annual basis, you are in a timeshare agreement.

“You can get a bonus week (or ‘extra week’) for both you and your friends, on an unlimited basis!”

You would actually be very lucky to even get one ‘bonus week’ a year. These are almost impossible to get, and definitely not available on an unlimited basis.

“This is ‘gold crown’ accommodation. That’s the highest quality rating in the exchange system!”

Many salespeople claim that a resort is ‘gold crown,’ even though it’s not true.

“Your ‘sleeps 4’ accommodation can easily be exchanged for a ‘sleeps 6’ whenever you need it!”

This is absolutely not guaranteed.

“You can cancel any time, just by getting in touch!”

Once the cooling period has passed, they will definitely not accept a cancellation.

“This offer is only valid if you sign today!”

This is something they tell everybody, every single day. In fact, you could probably get all the same benefits elsewhere at a fraction of the price… they just don’t want you to have time to find this out.

“Your loan repayments will be just £300 a month!”

You’ll probably find this not to be the case when the loan details actually arrive. Nor does it take account of annual maintenance fees.

“Your ownership will allow you to exchange for another destination anywhere in the world, whenever you like!”

This is almost never the case. In particular, if you buy a low season period, you will find that you are not eligible to exchange for a period in high season. If you buy into a points club, or a floating week system, this is all the more unlikely to be true.

“Don’t worry about reading the paperwork.”

If you aren’t given the opportunity to look over the paperwork, it’s probably because there is something in there that contradicts what they have told you.

“You only have to pay the annual fees if you use the accommodation!”

Whether the accommodation is used or not, you will be eligible for annual fees. If your ownership is bi-annual (every two years), it may be payable only on those years. But otherwise, those fees will be payable every year.

“The annual management fee is limited by control of the owners, and is limited to the rate of inflation!”

Many resorts have increased fees by three times the rate of inflation in recent years.

“This is a great investment, and will not lose value!”

The price of your timeshare accommodation will plummet the very moment you sign on the dotted line. This lie has left many timeshare owners feeling entirely helpless, as they cannot sell the timeshare at any price.

For those who have been taken in by lies like these, it’s time to use the Timeshare Compensation online compensation calculator. Mis-sold timeshare owners are finally taking back the power.

For more information, please visit www.TimeshareCompensation.co.uk, call 0800 046 5855 or email Info@TimeshareCompensation.co.uk.

All that glitters is gold as Chinese New Year brings Golden Week property investors to Manchester

All that glitters is gold as Chinese New Year brings Golden Week property investors to Manchester

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  • Chinese New Year flight bookings to Europe up 68.5% on last year’s festival (ForwardKeys)
  • Chinese interest in Manchester property in Nov 2016 increased by 53.8% vs 2015 (Juwai.com)
  • “Golden Week provides prospective investors with time to travel and explore Manchester before making property purchases” (Surrenden Invest)

This weekend will celebrate the start of Chinese New Year festivities as the country welcomes the year of the Rooster.

Chinese New Year, also known as Spring Festival, holds over 4,000 years of history and is the most important annual event in the Chinese calendar. The holiday also commemorates the first Golden Week of the year, as Chinese nationals enjoy seven continuous nonworking days.

Golden Week is also an opportunity to travel overseas and new figures released by travel experts ForwardKeys show that Chinese New Year flight bookings are up nearly 10% compared to last year. And it seems that Chinese tourists are returning to Europe with a 68.5% increase in flight bookings compared to the same festival period in 2016.

Many wealthy Chinese even combine business and pleasure by taking a holiday that enables them to investigate overseas’ property markets first hand.

Juwai.com, a Chinese property portal for buyers looking to invest in property overseas, stated that in November 2016 Chinese interest in Manchester property had increased by 53.8%, compared to the same month in 2015.

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director of leading property consultancy Surrenden Invest, has certainly noticed a rise in Chinese buyers directing their investment toward Manchester. He explains,

“Interest for the local property market has increased from Chinese buyers with Manchester’s credentials as an investment hotspot continuing to grow, not only leading the Northern Powerhouse but also challenging London as the buy-to-let capital of the UK.

“Chinese New Year provides prospective investors with the time to travel and explore the Manchester market before making final property purchases. We expect buyers from China to take this opportunity and believe that as interest in the market continues to rise, many will make Manchester their top destination of choice.”

Surrenden Invest’s most recent development in the heart of Manchester, Mason Street, is one such investment opportunity that Chinese buyers visiting this Golden Week might consider.

Embracing modern low-carbon technology to ensure the building is one of the city’s most energy-efficient, Mason Street is located in the historic New Cross neighbourhood, just a short walk from the Northern Quarter. Mason Street will provide a new lease of life for one of Manchester’s heritage buildings as it is transformed into 10 high end apartments from £200,000, with a 2 year guaranteed NET rental return of 6%.

For more information, visit www.surrendeninvest.com or contact Surrenden Invest on 0203 3726 499.

The hidden dragon – What do Chinese New Year and Golden Week mean for financial markets?

The hidden dragon – What do Chinese New Year and Golden Week mean for financial markets?

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  • Commodity and stock market volatility expected in the run up to Golden Week (easyMarkets)
  • Shipping industry and oil prices to be impacted by import/export disruption
  • Chinese stocks traded in the US projected to respond positively

Chinese New Year, which in 2017 marks the start of the Year of the Rooster on 28 January, is the beginning of Chinese Lunar New Year Golden Week – a week-long national holiday which can have a big impact on global financial markets.

Evdokia Pitsillidou, Director of Risk Management at pioneering forex and CFD broker easyMarkets, explains,

“Golden Week was implemented by the Chinese government in 2000 to promote internal consumption and boost domestic tourism, while giving people a break to visit their hometowns. The success of this initiative has played a role in China’s economic growth. The one thing that has been consistent during this period is the significant increase in volatility in financial markets.”

Two Golden Weeks are celebrated annually in mainland China: The Chinese Lunar New Year Golden Week (or Spring Festival) in January or February and the National Day Golden Week and Mid-Autumn Festival in October. Both last for seven days, with all workers given the week off for each Golden Week.

The date of the Chinese New Year is determined by the lunisolar calendar, which means that the dates of Golden Week shift every year. This makes it more difficult to use historical data to predict the impact on the financial markets.

In addition to China, the lunisolar calendar is used by Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Even Malaysia and Indonesia, which have a large Chinese population, observe the holidays, albeit not for the complete week. Thus, the New Year Golden Week has a meaningful impact on the Asian markets.

A little over a decade back, China’s impact on the world economy was not as significant as now, and its impact on the global financial markets was limited.

The situation has changed dramatically in the last ten years. China’s ranking among the world’s economic superpowers rose to #1 in 2015, according to the IMF, and the country is expected to retain this position for the foreseeable future. China’s contribution to world GDP was estimated at 18% in 2016. With the Asian dragon becoming the single largest contributor to world GDP, its economic performance has a massive influence on world markets.

A number of factors lie behind Golden Week’s influence on global markets.

Firstly, since Chinese companies are closed for the week, the financial markets witness a great deal of profit-taking activity prior to this time, resulting in fluctuations in the commodity and stock markets.

At the same time, importers of goods from China scramble to complete orders before Golden Week, while retailers stock more inventory. The shipping industry and, in turn, oil prices are impacted. The week creates disruptions for importers and exporters worldwide.

Equity, forex and commodity trading in the financial hubs of Hong Kong and Singapore are also impacted, coming to a near standstill on some of the days during Golden Week. Trading volumes in Asia fall dramatically during this time and there is a notable ripple effect on worldwide trading. Meanwhile some Chinese companies and even government agencies have been known to reserve announcing bad news for this period. This is done in an attempt to reduce the impact of the news on the financial markets.

In addition, the past few years have seen a large number of people travelling overseas during Golden Week, giving the tourism and retail industries a significant boost. Moreover, China receives a huge influx of tourists during this time. These trends influence CNY (yuan) trading, which in turns affect the offshore renminbi trading, the CNH. The business of overseas retailers, especially those in the luxury segment (including gold jewellery), gets a fillip, which is why we sometimes see a shift in gold prices around this time of year.

Finally, positive sentiment during the run-up to Golden Week lifts the FTSE China A50 Index, as well as the stock markets in the emerging economies. Chinese stocks traded in the US (as American Depositary Receipts or ADRs) also respond positively. However, this trend typically reverses in the weeks after Golden Week.

For individual investors, the volatility leading up to the Golden Week, the market calmness during the week and possible gaps that may appear when everyone returns to business at the end of the week represent some exciting opportunities.

Whether trading the CNH, oil, gold or CNX index, there’s plenty of action for investors to be on the lookout for around this time. And for those who are new to trading, Golden Week may be the perfect opportunity to get a feel for trading the Fear Index (VXX).

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.

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Think big – make your New Year’s resolutions to buy a holiday home in 2017!

Think big – make your New Year’s resolutions to buy a holiday home in 2017!

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  • Political and economic volatility to create big opportunities in 2017 (easyMarkets)
  • Emphasis on quality of life will be key this year (Kyero.com)
  • Sun-kissed Spanish holiday homes available from just €190k (Taylor Wimpey España)
  • Achieve second home serenity through interior design in 2017 (Alexander James)

Let’s face it, New Year’s resolutions to lose weight, eat more healthily and drink less are all well and good, but they’re hardly likely to get 2017 off to an exciting start. So ditch the traditional resolutions to enjoy life less and instead resolve to enjoy it more – by buying a holiday home!

Evdokia Pitsillidou, Director of Risk Management at pioneering forex and CFD broker easyMarkets, explains,

“In many ways – certainly politically – the world was turned on its head in 2016. Thus many people are entering 2017 with a new mindset and looking at the way they live and their personal finances in a new light. Political and economic volatility may lead to big shifts in currency values and investors playing the markets successfully may consider putting their profits into property this year.”

Richard Speigal, Head of Research at leading Spanish property portal Kyero.com, agrees,

“I think we’re going to see a lot of emphasis on enhancing quality of life in 2017. Certainly our own data has shown that since the Brexit vote British buyers are looking more intensively than ever at the possibilities that a second home in Spain opens up. Sterling’s drop has made them seek out cheaper destinations – Almeria and Alicante are the big winners so far – but we’re experiencing a record level of interest in Spanish property that we expect to continue throughout the year.”

The prices offered by the Spanish property market (as well as Spain’s fabulous climate, excellent cuisine, stunning golf courses and superb beaches), means that British buyers can pick up good value property, even once the drop in sterling has been taken into account.

Leading Spanish homebuilder Taylor Wimpey España, for example, is selling spacious two and three bedroom apartments with generous terraces at La Floresta Sur (close to Marbella), from as little as €190,000+VAT. As well as the development’s two large shared pools, owners can enjoy free access to the facilities of El Soto Golf Club. Each apartment comes fully fitted with white goods and with private parking.

But an overseas holiday home isn’t the only option for those looking to buy in 2017. Robert Walker, Managing Director of Alexander James Interior Design, explains,

“We’re seeing a big trend for staycations at the moment and many holiday home buyers are looking at what they can pick up in the UK, rather than overseas. Jumping in the car and driving to your holiday home whenever the mood suits you is far less hassle than having to plan ahead and book a plane and the money you save on flights can be spent on the property itself.”

Using interior design architects to create a serene, harmonious environment within a holiday home is money well spent. The desire for relaxation is a key driver for many second home owners and with the right interior design service, the feeling of calm and peace as you walk through the front door can be almost palpable. Compare that to the stress of dealing with airports, flights, hire cars and the other trappings of a second home overseas and the attractions of owning a holiday home within the UK are clear.

If you still haven’t decided on how to improve your life in 2017, make buying a holiday home your goal this year!

For more information, please contact:

easyMarkets: +44 203 1500 748 or www.easymarkets.com

Kyero: www.kyero.com

Taylor Wimpey España: 08000 121 020 (00 34 971 706 972 from outside of the UK) or www.taylorwimpeyspain.com

Alexander James Interior Design: 020 7887 7604 or www.aji.co.uk

5 fitness-friendly homes to kick start your New Year’s resolution

5 fitness-friendly homes to kick start your New Year’s resolution

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2017 is here and it’s time to put those New Year’s resolutions into action. And as with every other January, many of us have pledged to get fit and healthy this year.

From student digs to million pound pads, and the very best interior design to entice you to exercise, an on-site gym is the must have motivation for 2017 in order to stick to that new fitness regime!

Here are 5 of the best homes here and abroad with on-site gyms and sporting facilities:

 

  1. Hoola, Royal Docks, London

Available from £450,000, the Hoola studio, two, and three-bedroom apartments, boasting stunning glass balconies as well as floor-to-ceiling windows, benefit from a range of onsite facilities including a gym, resident’s business lounge and concierge.

A spectacular garden is available to all residents with soft and hard landscaping that includes semi-miniature trees and dramatic water features making it the ideal home to hit the gym before or after work then relax and rejuvenate in the stunning gardens.

  1. Fusion Tower, Bristol

Providing exceptional student accommodation, Fusion Tower enjoys an incredible location within Bristol’s city centre. Offering elegant and innovative student apartments, Fusion Tower has been designed by a team of leading architects, interior and graphic designers.

On-site facilities include a private gym which provides Bootcamp, Dance and spinning classes to make sure that students are kept on track with for fitness goals, all included in the £134 per week rate.

 

  1. Whitelands, St Georges Hill, Surrey

The award-winning Alexander James Interior Design architecture team redesigned the basement of this stunning 6 bed, 5 bath property to appeal to any fitness fan.

The grand 14,500 sq ft property, located on one of Surrey’s most premier private estates benefits from a hydraulic swimming pool, dedicated vitality spa and gymnasium designed and dressed by Alexander James Interior Design.

And for those that want to take their training on vacation, homes in Spain with outdoor and indoor fitness activities can help ease the January blues.

 

  1. Marbella, Costa del Sol, Spain

This stunning unique 10-bedroom villa located within the super exclusive gated community of La Zagaleta on the Costa del Sol features a fabulous spa on the ground floor with saltwater swimming pool and choice of saunas (classic, steam bath, salt bath, caldarium), all with access to a large covered terrace and Jacuzzi. The second floor also houses a separate gym for those who want a more intense, private workout.

 

  1. Horizon Golf, Mijas, Costa del Sol, Spain

As well as the three 18-hole golf courses, hydrotherapy centre and spa on site, the exclusive apartments of Horizon Golf also enjoy access to the golf school (La Cala Golf Academy) and an array of sports facilities including two running circuits and specialised trainers on hand to improve technique.

From just €270,000 +VAT for an apartment, residents of these exclusive properties will enjoy breathtaking view of the prestigious golf course and the Costa del Sol’s sun kissed coastline, spacious terraces perfect for al fresco dining and the convenience of a private garage space.

 

For more information, please contact:

  1. Hoola, London: Properties of the World: http://propertiesoftheworld.co.uk/ or call +44 20 7624 5555
  2. Fusion Tower, Bristol: Collegiate AC: www.collegiate-ac.com or call 01235 250 140
  3. Whitelands, Surrey: Alexander James Interior Design: www.aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604
  4. La Zagaleta villa, Spain: visit www.kyero.com
  5. Horizon Golf, Spain: Taylor Wimpey España: 08000 121 020, +34 971 706 972 or http://taylorwimpeyspain.com
Hotspots Index: Spain’s international appeal stays strong

Hotspots Index: Spain’s international appeal stays strong

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  • Spain enjoys rebound at the end of 2016
  • Rome and Florence occupy top spots for property interest
  • Toronto appears in top 50 for first time

Spain’s appeal to international property buyers shows no sign of waning, according to TheMoveChannel.com’s latest Hotspots Index.

The quarterly report, which analyses location searches on the property portal, reveals that Spain is enjoying a rebound in popularity at the end of 2016, led by Barcelona and Benidorm.

Italy’s Florence remained the most sought-after hotspot on the property portal in Q4 2016, accounting for 3.37 per cent of location searches, up from 2.86 per cent in Q3 2016. This is the second quarter in a row that Florence has been the top hotspot on TheMoveChannel.com, after overtaking Rome in Q2 2016.

Rome remained the second most popular market for house-hunters. While Italy dominated search activity in Q3 2016, though, making up seven out of the Top 10 hotspots, the country’s share in Q4 2016 fell to three out of 10, just ahead of Portugal’s two. Spain, on the other hand, saw a rebound in searches, accounting for four out of the Top 10 destinations. In Q3 2016, Spain accounted for none of the Top 10, highlighting the significant rise in interest quarter-on-quarter.

Spain’s renewed international appeal was fuelled by Barcelona (sixth place, 1.06 per cent of searches) and Benidorm (seventh place, 0.99 per cent). Torrevieja and Tenerife completed the Top 10 in ninth and 10th place respectively. Spain also dominated the overall Hotspots Index, accounting for 18 out of the Top 50 hotspots – up from 10 in Q3 and higher than any other country. Italy was the second most in-demand, accounting for 13 out of the Top 50. Portugal was third, with 10 out of the Top 50.

Thailand’s Pattaya held onto its 18th place ranking. Liverpool also remained the UK’s only entry in the Top 50, sliding from 34th to 36th in the chart. Canada saw its first entry in the Hotspots Index, with Toronto receiving the 32nd highest share of searches in Q4 2016.

“There has been talk in recent months of declining demand for Spanish property in the wake of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union, thanks to the pound’s weakness,” comments TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson. “Spain, though, still shows signs of being as popular as ever among lifestyle buyers, with the Costa Blanca, Costa Brava and British expat favourite Benidorm all among the most searched-for destinations on TheMoveChannel.com in Q4 2016. For US or other non-EU buyers, Spain is also an attractive investment, for either buy-to-let or capital growth opportunities. It is perhaps no surprise that Barcelona, which combines both tourist and investor markets, is the most popular hotspot in Spain.

“One impact of Brexit that can be seen in search behaviour is Liverpool’s continuing appeal in the UK. As the weaker pound draws buyers to the country, the city’s economy is growing, with new developments and strong rental yields all reinforcing the city as a major regional hotspot. It is interesting also that Canada’s first entry in the Hotspots Index was Toronto, rather than Vancouver, following the city’s introduction of a foreign buyer tax in Q3 2016. Will 2017 see that trend continue? And will buyers continue to flock to Spain?”

Click here to see the full top 40 property destinations for November 2016.

 

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The business is headquartered at 24 Jack’s Place, Corbet Place, Shoreditch, London, E1 6NN.

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5 resolutions to make you more money in 2017

5 resolutions to make you more money in 2017

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  • Trading no longer just for the chosen few
  • Vast online Learn Centre from easyMarkets equips newbie traders with the info they need to get started
  • Markets more sensitive than ever to global events in 2017

New Year’s resolutions don’t have to mean pain and deprivation. If hitting the gym more and eating or drinking less don’t appeal, there are much more interesting alternatives available. With that in mind, here are five New Year’s resolutions from Evdokia Pitsillidou, Director of Risk Management at pioneering forex and CFD broker easyMarkets.

  1. Trade!

“We want 2017 to be the year that everyone can test out their skills as a trader and find out if making money through trading can revolutionise their personal finances,” explains Pitsillidou. “We’re constantly looking for new and innovative ways to democratise trading. Being able to improve your finances through trading shouldn’t be an avenue open only to the chosen few.”

  1. Learn

Jumping headlong into trading without knowing what you’re doing probably isn’t the most sensible of plans. As Evdokia Pitsillidou observes,

“Taking a studied approach and using resources such as the easyMarkets Learn Centre is much more likely to result in outcomes that are beneficial to your cash-flow! So resolve to learn the basics before plunging into trading in order to maximise your effectiveness.”

  1. Proceed with caution

When trying anything for the first time, a cautious approach is always good. To empower those new to trading to proceed with caution, easyMarkets has introduced the dealCancellation tool. This innovative produce allows traders to cancel a losing deal within 60 minutes of making it – perfect for those still learning the ropes and wanting an extra layer of risk mitigation at their disposal.

  1. Read the news

Global markets have never been more sensitive to political happenings, so keeping abreast of the news is essential for anyone who plans to take up trading in 2017. The unfolding of the Brexit process in particular is likely to be of keen interest to those looking to trade currency pairs over the months ahead.

  1. Think big

It’s not just politicians who can create headaches (and opportunities) for traders. Everything from weather patterns to shifting global consumption patterns can impact on the price of commodities and the value of currencies. As easyMarkets’ Evdokia Pitsillidou points out,

“You really do have to keep your finger on the global pulse if you’re serious about trading. Of course, you’re not alone. We provide detailed market news reports and real-time trading charts to share our expert knowledge with all those who want to profit from trading, whether they’re old hands or complete newbies. This is knowledge that we want everyone to be able to use to their own advantage.”

For further details, visit www.easymarkets.com, email pr@easymarkets.com or call +44 203 1500 748.

 

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