Is Bitcoin teetering on the edge of the abyss?

Is Bitcoin teetering on the edge of the abyss?

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  • $1k invested in Bitcoin in 2010 would be worth $1m now
  • Bitcoin and Ethereum account for 68.4% of the $100 billion combined market capitalization
  • ICOs currently taking place at a rate of around 20 per month

 

Over the last 30 days the original cryptocurrency, Bitcoin, has been receiving plenty of attention. In fact, the whole of the Altcoin market has featured in many a headline over the past month.

Bitcoin, which remains the leader of the pack, was first released in 2009. It was the first decentralized digital currency.  At the time, many skeptics assumed it was merely a fad that would soon vanish.

“I bet there are many out there now swallowing their words as we watch Bitcoin hit new all-time highs. At the time of writing it’s trading at around $2,500, from $11 back in 2011. I’ve read many articles demonstrating that if you had invested $1,000 in Bitcoin back in 2010 you would now be a millionaire. In fact, this did indeed happen to one young investor by the name of Erik Finman, who did exactly that and is now sitting on a fortune of $1.9 million. However, this attitude isn’t too far removed from saying, “if only you used these winning lottery numbers last week you would be a millionaire!” Hindsight is a beautiful thing.”

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

That said, the future of the cryptocurrency market is still unknown. Could an investment in a cryptocurrency today bring the same fate as that of Eric Finman?

There are now over 800 cryptocurrencies out there, with the combined market capitalization at $100 billion. However, the majority of this is made up by just a handful of high profile Altcoins, like Bitcoin (which makes up 40.1% of the market cap) and Ethereum (28.3% of the cap).

Every month sees around 20 new Initial Coin Offerings (ICO). An ICO uses a method similar to crowdfunding to release a new cryptocurrency.  The start-up firm behind the new cryptocurrency attempts to raise capital by publishing a white paper, which explains in detail about the project it is behind. The investor receives a token in return for the money he/she has invested. Early investors are incentivised to buy cryptocoins with the hope that they will go up in value if the venture is successful.

The projects of these start-up companies can vary in many different areas, from energy to gun safety, and there has been many a success story. A project called Bancor, for example, raised $153 million within a couple of hours. ICOs are proving incredibly popular, as investors hope that their chosen new cryptocurrency will eventually rise to the dizzying heights of Bitcoin.

“As amazing as they may sound, ICOs pose many problems. First, there is the obvious possibility of the project’s failure, and this stands true for pretty much any project or investment. Second, the ICO market is unregulated, so is exposed to more danger of fraud. There have been many cases of these ventures being fraudulent and there is no safety blanket to fall back on. Finally, there is the fear that the recent boom of this market is simply a bubble getting ready to burst.”

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

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Wall Street laughed its head off when one investor said back in February that Bitcoin would rise to $25,000 within the next decade. However, with the digital currency surging 400% higher over the last year, some now concede that this prediction could become reality.

Despite the recent success of Bitcoin and Ethereum, the explosion of new cryptocurrencies onto the market and the surge in new ICOs brings to mind the dot-com bubble.

Between 1997 and 2001 there was huge investment in creating internet-based companies due to the increased usage of the internet by businesses and consumers. The bubble eventually burst in 2002, with many of these web-based companies either shutting down or losing a huge amount of capital (although those that survived the financial massacre – the likes of eBay and Amazon – did bounce back and are now trading way above their pre-crash stock price).

“With the current lust for ICOs and the recent new high on the major cryptos, I can’t help but feel we could see something similar. The fact of the matter is how many cryptocurrencies does the market actually need? And how many can it use? Clearly 800 plus is an excessive number.”

James Trescothick, Senior Global Strategist, easyMarkets

 

Extreme volatility is certainly an issue. A prime example of this happened on 21 June, when Ethereum collapsed from $317 to as low as 10 cents before bouncing back. While these kinds of flash crashes can happen in any market, the manner of how the Ethereum crash happened and the severity of the drop go to show how fragile the cryptocurrency market is and how easy a sell-off across the board could cause a crash. This really is a brand-new market place with no real safe guards in place.

It seems that the likes of Bitcoin, Ethereum and LiteCoin are here to stay, with the world looking ready to embrace this new form of currency. However, many of the cybercurrencies out there will probably not last. With recent events like fraudulent ICO claims and the amount media buzz Bitcoin is creating, it is only a matter of time until some form of regulation and control are put in place. This will limit the number of ICOs and different cryptocurrencies.

For now, they can enjoy their time in the sun and all the admiration they are getting, as only time will tell how long they will last.

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

 

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Buyers dig Digbeth as new homes attract the creative community

Buyers dig Digbeth as new homes attract the creative community

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  • West Midlands creative industries growing at more than twice the pace of those in London (Creative Industries Federation)
  • Under 25s account for 40% of population, making Birmingham one of youngest cities in Europe (Visit Birmingham)
  • New Moseley Gardens development perfect for Digbeth’s millennials (Surrenden Invest)

 

When it comes to the perfect recipe for property buyers, Birmingham’s Digbeth has all the right ingredients. The area is a trendy, thriving hub of digital and tech prowess, with a community of millennials looking to rent stylish homes at the heart of the action.

Digbeth’s digital credentials were showcased earlier this month during Digital Digbeth Day, part of the BBC Digital Cities Week. Events focused on game-changing developments in the digital tech sector, from 3D scanning to virtual reality, with Digbeth’s bright young residents showcasing their credentials to maximum effect.

“The sense of creativity and innovation in Digbeth is enormous. The area is brimming with talent and not just in the tech sector. Digbeth’s creative industry credentials are seriously strong and have helped it to become one of the trendiest areas of the UK in recent years.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

 

According to the Creative Industries Federation, the UK’s creative industries are worth £87 billion. That’s more than the country’s car or aerospace industry. The West Midlands has put much into developing its creative sector – creative industry jobs there grew by 38.7% between 2011 and 2015 (more than double the growth rate of London, which stood at 15.6%).

At the same time, big things are expected of Birmingham’s new Metro Mayor, Andy Street, whose strategy for growing the city’s economy looks set to have a positive impact on housing, transport and skills, as well as other areas of urban life.

Then of course there’s the High Speed 2 (HS2) rail network, which Transport for West Midlands sees as a catalyst for enhanced prosperity and growth for regional locations like Digbeth.

The combination of all of this has created a magnet-like effect in Digbeth, with highly skilled, highly ambitious millennials flocking to the area to work and live. Nearly 40% of Birmingham’s population is now under the age of 25, making it one of the youngest cities in Europe, according to Visit Birmingham.

“The influx of millennials has done much to re-shape Digbeth’s property market, at a time when Birmingham property prices and residential land values are already showing solid growth. As a result, the city has become a hotbed for property investors seeking strong yields and excellent capital growth potential.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

 

Developments like Moseley Gardens are pitched perfectly for style-conscious millennials looking for a city centre location in Birmingham’s hottest regional rental market. Specifically developed for the shared rental market, the contemporary apartments offer the ideal blend of location and luxurious living, all just ten minutes’ walk from New Street Station.

“Demand for residential investment properties of this stature in Birmingham is so strong that many are purchased within mere hours of launching. Birmingham – and the Digbeth area in particular – is one of the most dynamic property markets in the UK right now.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

 

Apartments are available from £138,000, for further details, visit www.surrendeninvest.com, email info@surrendeninvest.com or call 0203 3726 499.

Millennial Magic! Invest in this UK property hotspot with the largest millennial population outside London

Millennial Magic! Invest in this UK property hotspot with the largest millennial population outside London

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  • Manchester is the UK’s leading regional creative talent market (CBRE)
  • Manchester homes to highest number of millennials (CBRE)
  • Growing trends from millennials for an urban waterside living (Surrenden Invest)

 

Research by CBRE has revealed that Manchester is proving to be the most sought after location for millennials.

According to the research, the collective characteristics of locations with creative success include pools of highly educated graduates, good transport links, proximity to world class universities and large populations of millennials.

The CBRE Top 25 has revealed Manchester as the leading city in the UK regional creative talent market by some margin and Home Track research found that Manchester continues to show the fastest growth rate of 8.4%, up from 6.3% a year ago. The city currently holds the largest number of millennials along with a pool of highly skilled and creative professionals, in addition it has the largest number of inventive industries.

Manchester also boasts links to several world-class universities with solid computer science and research rankings. As well as these admirable attributes, office, employment costs and earnings to average house price ratios have been found to be relatively reasonable. That is compared a number of South East locations and London.

“Here at Surrenden Invest we receive no end of interest in Manchester and this high demand does not look set to falter any time soon. Manchester is a very up and coming city full of creative flare, aspiration and opportunity – no wonder we have seen such an influx of young professionals! Millennials are taking over the Manchester market.

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

 

So where are these millennials calling home within Manchester and hence, where the savvy property investors are also heading?

Jonathan Stephens of leading investment agency, Surrenden Invests, tips the newly regenerated Wilburn Basin, the point where Manchester meets Salford in the south-west of the city.

Built back in 1864, and used a mooring site on the River Irwell, the area played a key role in Manchester’s industrial heritage but as more modern methods of transportation evolved, so the area fell into disrepair. The last 3 years however have seen the three-acre deserted wasteland transformed into highly desirable waterside living with modern homes, ideal for millennials.

“We have witnessed the growing trend for urban waterside living over the past 6 -12 months, especially from young professionals looking for the perfect blend of city living and nature. Wilburn Basin adheres to this trend perfectly and was an instant hit with phase 1 of the scheme being completely oversubscribed and phase 2 selling fast as it nears completion.”

Jonathan Stephens, Managing Director, Surrenden Invest

 

Wilburn Basin, available through Surrenden Invest, compromises of four distinct blocks which vary in stories, all of which offer fantastic views across Manchester city. Each apartment is built to the highest specification and the residential facilities are exceptional including a 24/7 concierge, architecturally landscaped gardens and seating areas around the river basin as well as a gym, cinema, residents lounge and meeting rooms. Prices for units in the current phase 2 start from £165,000.

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

Over €2,000,000 already won in 2017 against 6 Spanish banks by CostaLuz Lawyers

Over €2,000,000 already won in 2017 against 6 Spanish banks by CostaLuz Lawyers

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· 13 court cases already won to date in 2017

· British and Irish property buyers queuing up to reclaim lost deposits

· The highest payout in any one case was €958,000 plus interest

· Spanish judiciary working to restore faith in Spanish property market

2017 has been a busy year for the team at CostaLuz Lawyers. After successfully supporting Keith Rule in his quest for justice over the €54,000 deposit payment he made to a Spanish developer who never built the home Keith had paid towards, CostaLuz Lawyers has been inundated with requests for help.

Now working for CostaLuz Lawyers alongside legal eagle Maria de Castro, Keith and his colleagues have so far supported 13 British and Irish claimants to victory in 2017. The cases focus on reclaiming lost deposits from Spanish banks.

“The wording of Spanish law LEY 57/1968 and the ruling made in respect of my own case opened the doors for those in similar situations to come forward and try to recoup their lost investment. It’s not a quick process, but it is possible to beat the banks and reclaim funds that were handed over in good faith, even if the transaction dates back many years.”

Keith Rule, CostaLuz Lawyers

So far, 6 banks have been ordered to make payments to CostaLuz Lawyers’ British and Irish clients this year: SGR, BBVA, Banco de Sabadell, Caixabank, Banco Popular and Caja Rural.

The amount awarded across all 13 cases totaled €2,155,072, plus an amount of interest that is still being calculated. The highest payout in any one case was €958,000 plus interest.

Those being represented hailed from all over the UK and Ireland, while their investment locations were spread out across Spain. The only thing they had in common was that they had paid out money for a dream home, only for their dream to turn into a nightmare.

The reasons for the clients’ legal wrangling were varied. In one case, at La Reserva de Marbella, the homes had been built illegally. Another related to the Malaya political and planning corruption saga at Marbella’s local council. Yet another was due to the developer’s descent into insolvency when Spain’s economy crumbled following the global financial crisis.

Whatever the reason, CostaLuz Lawyers has been fighting to gain back the money that British and Irish property buyers lost.

“These successful judgements are making a huge difference to people’s lives. The stress associated with going through the process of losing so much money can never be taken away, but at least a ruling that the bank is required to pay back the money (plus interest) finally draws a line under the matter.

“However, there’s more to it than simply getting people’s money back. The evolution of Spanish case law that we’re seeing is going a long way to restore faith in the Spanish property market. The Spanish judiciary is working hard to ensure that a system exists in which individuals’ rights are respected and that Spain is one of the safest countries in the world for the purchase of off plan property.”

Keith Rule, CostaLuz Lawyers

For more information, please contact CostaLuz Lawyers’ UK office on +44 1908 635 111 and speak with Keith. To speak with Maria in the Spanish office, please call +34 956 092 687 or you can visit www.costaluzlawyers.es 

Top of the Props: Spain still number one for international buyers

Top of the Props: Spain still number one for international buyers

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  • Spanish property enquiries no.1 on TheMoveChannel.com in April 2017
  • Bulgaria climbs 11 places to take fourth
  • Malta biggest climber to 11th from 24th

 

Spain is still number one for international buyers, reveals TheMoveChannel.com’s latest Top of the Props index. Spanish property accounted for 1 in 10 of all enquiries on the portal in April 2017, stealing back the top spot from the USA. This is the second time that the country has been the most popular destination on the site in 2017, after it ranked first in February, with 14.02 per cent of enquiries.

Spain’s return to the top of the chart is despite much speculation surrounding the impact of the UK’s vote to leave the European Union upon British buyer appetites. Historically, UK buyers have been the biggest spenders on Spanish property. The country’s appeal to a wide range of nationalities, though, remains undiminished: The Spanish Registrars’ latest annual report shows that foreign transactions now make up a record 13.25 per cent of transactions, despite a dip in demand for British investors. On TheMoveChannel.com, Spain also accounted for 31 of the 50 most searched-for locations on The MoveChannel.com in Q1 2017 – an all-time high for any country.

Demand is also booming for Bulgaria, which surged 11 places up the Top of the Props index to steal fourth place. The country accounted for 4.09 per cent of all enquiries in May 2017, marking its first place in TheMoveChannel.com’s Top 10 in seven months and its highest ranking in the Top of the Props index since February 2015.

May’s biggest climber, though, was Malta, which jumped 13 places in the chart to become the 11th most popular country on TheMoveChannel.com. This is the island’s first time in the Top 20 since August 2016, accounting for 1.45 per cent of enquiries, and its highest ranking since July 2013.

Portugal held onto fourth place, with 3.37 per cent of enquiries, while interest in Cyprus continued to climb, as the country rose into fifth place. Cape Verde climbed seven places to seize sixth spot, just ahead of Italy and Indonesia. France and the UAE completed the Top 10.

“Even with the more expensive buying costs for Brits brought about by Brexit, Spanish property’s affordability is at its most appealing in 2017, as bottomed-out prices mean that capital growth is possible for investors,” comments Dan Johnson, CEO of TheMoveChannel.com. “The same is true of Bulgaria, where prices are now rising steadily and the economy is similarly growing: both present overseas buyers with stable markets, potential for rental returns and rising values, and, of course, a life beside the seaside. Indeed, since the Brexit vote last year, we have seen a growing trend among some British buyers looking to Bulgaria for bargain opportunities that won’t break the budget. Whether Bulgaria and Malta can stay in the Top 15 during 2017 is yet to be seen, but with overseas interest in Cyprus staying steady for the second month in a row, Spain is not the only bright spot in Europe this Spring.”

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

 

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Student property remains a smart investment in this Brexit era

Student property remains a smart investment in this Brexit era

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  • Over £2.1bn of UK student accommodation transacted post Brexit referendum compared to £1.9bn earlier in the year (Savills)
  • Almost half of UK university towns and cities have PBSA supply levels below 30% (JLL)
  • Plymouth only has 20% – 30% of PBSA supply relative to student numbers (JLL)
  • Beaumont Square, Plymouth presents a smart investment opportunity in the current market (Aspen Woolf)

 

The latest Student Housing report from Savills (Spotlight 2017) supports the sentiment shared by many domestic and indeed international investors, that investing in PBSA (purpose built student accommodation) is the way to go in the current UK market.

Despite a tricky economic year, over £2.1bn was transacted in the months following the Brexit referendum, compared to £1.9bn earlier in 2016 reports Savills.

Analysis from JLL revealed that across 79 university towns and cities, almost half have student accommodation supply levels below 30% emphasizing strong development opportunities for PBSA. This, in addition with greater restrictions on the alteration of use from single dwellings to HMOs under Article 4, is set to play a significant role in the growth of the PBSA sector.

Indeed, according to experts, the UK’s decision to leave the EU has not resulted in any negative effects to the PBSA sector as of yet, in fact it seems to have intensified the appetite of property investors now that sterling is worth up to 20% less than many other foreign currencies, overseas investments are at an all-time high as Savills reports.

One UK university city with a chronic undersupply is Plymouth; according to JLL the coastal city has only 20% – 30% of PBSA relative to student numbers making leading investment agency Aspen Woolf’s luxurious Beaumont Square development a no brainer for investors looking to enter this Brexit-proof market.

“Now is the time to invest in PBSA and Beaumont Square in Plymouth is the best place to start with. The combination of low levels of PBSA for the city’s population combined with the enforcement of Article 4 has made Plymouth stand out amongst the rest.

 “Having sold PBSA for a number of years now, we are finding that students are looking for more luxurious accommodation and are willing to pay higher costs for it, which in turn is shaping the standard of PBSA units on the market and making those of this high standard even more attractive to investors.”

Oliver Ramsden, Director, Aspen Woolf

Beaumont House offers 39 studio apartments from £78,500 with an 8% NET yield assured for three years. Currently under construction, the brand new, fully equipped student studios complete with high quality furnishing and stylish finishes will be ready for the 2017/18 academic year.

For more information, visit www.aspenwoolf.co.uk or contact Aspen Woolf on +44(0) 203 176 0060.

New home, new style!

New home, new style!

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  • New home registrations hit highest level for 10 years (NHBC)
  • A new build home is like a blank canvas” (Alexander James Interior Design)
  • Celebrate #NewHomesWeek by learning how to style your new home to perfection (Alexander James Interior Design)

 

Newly published NHBC figures show that the number of new homes registered in the first three months of 2017 have shot up by 17% when compared with the Q1 2016 figures.

In total, more than 42,000 new homes were registered between January and March 2017, making it the best quarter for new home building in a decade.

The figures have been released in advance of #NewHomesWeek, which runs from 15th -21st May to celebrate the benefits of buying a newly built residence. There are myriad advantages to doing so and the interior design potential is one of the most exciting.

 

A new build home is like a blank canvas – there’s so much scope when it comes to letting your style ideas have free reign. While that’s an incredibly exciting opportunity, it can also be a little overwhelming. It’s important to think through colour schemes for the house as a whole, rather than just individual rooms otherwise you can end up feeling a little like you’re living inside a rainbow, which is hardly relaxing!

 

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design

The professional interior design team at Alexander James strongly recommends starting with a mood board, with sections for each room. That way, the home’s overall style can be considered at the same time as that of individual rooms.

Mood boards are a great way to bring shape to your vision. Bring together everything that has caught your eye, including wallpaper samples, images of pieces of furniture, fabric swatches, artwork examples, striking cosmetic bottles and more. You can then compare and contrast all of these items, considering what works best and shaping your vision for your new build home accordingly.

When it comes to colours, choosing a palette of neutral shades and complementary hues, along with a few bolder accent colours, is a great start. These can be applied throughout the home and will help to create a sense of harmony, with one room flowing beautifully into the next.

 

“Suiting a room’s style to its use is also key. Bedrooms should create a sense of serenity and calm, while family rooms should have a welcoming, relaxed feel. The way you dress your home will impact on how you feel while within the property, so create spaces that make you and your family feel safe, happy and comfortable.”

 

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design

Bringing nature indoors is a great way to do just that. The natural world can do wonders for our inner sense of peace, so large leaf prints, vases spilling over with flowers and the presence of natural elements in everything from lamps to tables is a great way to bring serenity into the home. It’s also perfectly attuned to this summer’s hottest interior design trends.

Incorporating natural elements is also a great way to dress your home for the nose, as well as the eyes. The scent of freshly cut flowers can bring a room to life. Scented candles and reed diffusers are also a wonderful way to create rooms that feel harmonious and welcoming. This was demonstrated wonderfully at Lockeswood in Eversley, a new build property dressed beautifully by Alexander James Interior Design.

The final tip from the Alexander James team is to involve younger family members in the process of interior design when it comes to new build homes.

 

“Young people have delightfully creative minds and building a mood board for their new bedroom can be a great way to boost their excitement about their new home. That doesn’t mean covering an entire room with Thomas the Tank Engine wallpaper, however! Bear in mind that children’s tastes change as they grow, so opt for a base colour scheme and then overlay it with items that suit the particular child’s preferences. It’s much easier to change curtains, artwork and accessories rather than having to re wallpaper or paint. Engaging the child in the process can also have an added benefit – if they feel a true sense of ownership for their room, they might just keep it tidy!”

 

Stacey Sibley, Creative Director, Alexander James Interior Design

 

 

For more information, visit Alexander James Interior Design at www.aji.co.uk, email info@aji.co.uk or call 020 7887 7604.

 

Lisbon’s aesthetic inspires design of the city’s latest luxury student accommodation

Lisbon’s aesthetic inspires design of the city’s latest luxury student accommodation

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  • Communal areas show industrial elements and concrete walls inspired by Lisbon’s historic LX Factory (Design Command)
  • Using warm, metallic tones accents the welcoming feeling associated with Collegiate AC residences (Design Command)
  • We felt partnering with a local artist would instill a strong sense of local heritage within Collegiate Marquês de Pombal (Collegiate AC)

 

Now expanding their exclusive student experience to Europe, Collegiate AC’s Collegiate Marquês de Pombal is set to welcome students as soon as this September.

 

Surpassing any standard seen before in the city of Lisbon, Collegiate Marquês de Pombal will provide students with a private fitness suite and swimming pool, a 24 hour concierge service and an on-site cinema, to name only a few of the luxury facilities accessible to residents.

 

With the interior design of the accommodation inextricably linked to the building’s atmosphere and ultimate comfort, we spoke with Collegiate AC’s design team from Design Command to find out what inspired this unique spectacle;

 

“Lisbon is traditionally decorated with blue and white, as you can see in the many ceramic tiles on the buildings’ facade. We wanted this tradition to be reflected in our scheme so for example we added a touch of blue to the bedrooms, warmed up with brown, brass and copper elements.

 

“Communal areas show more industrial elements and concrete walls: the inspiration for this comes from the historic LX Factory in Lisbon, which our team just love! Again our goal was to accent the warm, welcoming feeling that is typical of Collegiate AC residences. We used warm metal tones like copper and brass, soft furnishing, rugs and a new entry for us: foliage! Which is also our interpretation of the Greenery Pantone colour of the year as it brings the same fresh feeling.

 

“We chose to reflect the feel and calming effect of nature through the use of native Portuguese planting to create a relaxed and inspirational environment.  This, coupled with the extensive natural light source make this a truly amazing space to live in.”

 

Committed to incorporating the building’s heritage within the design, many aspects have involved the work of talented Lisbon locals.

 

“The street art set to be featured in the property was commissioned by a local artist. We felt partnering with a local artist would instill a strong sense of local heritage within Collegiate Marquês de Pombal.  We did provide a vague brief but we also want him to follow his own inspiration so the very final result will partly be a surprise for us all.

 

“We are still liaising with a local furnishings company which is helping us a lot. What we try to achieve is a mixture of high end and industrial chic; and obviously, furniture plays a key role in the look and feel of luxurious living spaces.”

 

Part of Collegiate AC’s Prestige Collection and in keeping with the company’s commitment to ‘Superior Living’, the Collegiate Marquês de Pombal will provide students with high speed broadband and Wi-Fi throughout the property, as well as an exclusive club lounge, well designed private and group study areas and even a stylish dinner party room.

 

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

easyMarkets releases brand new trading app

easyMarkets releases brand new trading app

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Industry pioneer easyMarkets have launched their brand-new trading app, a unique, free to download mobile app, based on their award-winning web-platform.

“We have come full circle from launching the world’s first web-based trading platform in 2001 to entering today’s fast paced era with the launch of our trading app. This is as always, another investment in our traders’ best interest and it is specifically designed to make their trading experience easier and integrated in their every-day lives.”

Nikos Antoniades, CEO, easyMarkets

The app promises to be fast, simple and easy – a tagline which carries the promise easyMarkets made to traders and kept for nearly two decades. Even prior to an official launch, the app has been very well received by 6000 active users.

“The easyMarkets mobile application was developed natively for both Android and iOS to maximize its responsiveness and provide our users with the best possible look and feel.

“It supports a broad range of functionality beyond trading, pricing and market news. Funding, withdrawing and reporting, enable the user to enjoy the complete easyMarkets experience on their mobile device. The new easyMarkets app is able to fully replace the desktop experience for its users.”

Alexander St Louis, CIO, easyMarkets

What sets this app apart from other trading apps is its ability to visually and contextually organize features in the most straightforward way. Traders are equipped with several market analysis and risk management tools as they make buy and sell decisions. They can also use easyMarkets’ unique trading tool, dealCancellation*, which for a fee, allows them to undo any losing trade within 60 minutes.

In a time of unparalleled demand for access to information through push notifications, the easyMarkets app taps into that need by providing traders with the ability to enable price notifications and receive around-the-clock alerts about the moves, highs and lows of trading assets.

Among many great features, the app provides graphs, live market news, a financial calendar and easyMarkets’ Inside Viewer which shows the direction fellow easyMarkets’ traders are favoring on a chosen asset.

Several upgrades are in the works which will allow further personalization based on trader preference, and continuous enhancement of user experience.

The easyMarkets trading app is available for download on iOS and Android, in English and Chinese and will soon become available in other languages.

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: Overseas interest strengthens in Cyprus

Top of the Props: Overseas interest strengthens in Cyprus

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  • Cyprus re-enters Top 10 destinations
  • Enquiries for Cypriot property up 50pc in Q1 2017
  • USA number one property market for overseas buyers

Overseas interest in Cyprus strengthened in March, reveals TheMoveChannel.com’s latest Top of the Props index. The country re-entered the top 10 most popular countries on the portal for the third time in six months, becoming the sixth most sought-after destination.

Foreign buyers returned to the island’s property market at the end of 2016, with enquiries rising 22 per cent in the second half of the year. After 2016’s strong finish, enquiries faltered at the start of 2017, but buyers are now showing signs of returning in greater numbers. In real terms, enquiries for Cypriot property rose by more than 50 per cent in Q1 2017 compared to Q4 2016. The country accounted for 3.03 per cent of enquiries, its highest share in two years.

Interest also increased in Croatia, which climbed the Top of the Props charts to become the seventh most popular country on TheMoveChannel.com. This is the country’s first time inside the Top 15 since October 2016.

Demand dipped for property in Spain, although the country held on to second place, behind returning number one destination the USA. US real estate accounted for 7.89 per cent of all enquiries, ahead of Spain’s 6.01 per cent. France and Italy also saw their share of enquiries decrease slightly, slipping to eighth and ninth place in the Top of the Props table respectively. Portugal held on to its fourth spot, with 3.96 per cent of enquiries.

The coveted third place was stolen by Indonesia, which accounted for 5.98 per cent of activity. Indonesian interest was driven primarily by a resort on Gili Air, as the development tapped into rising demand for real estate from international investors. The more traditional safe haven of Germany, meanwhile, maintained its position in 10th place.

“The USA and Spain have been battling to be top dog on TheMoveChannel.com for a long time,” commented TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson. “With prices climbing and sentiment in the USA’s economy staying positive, America remains an attractive market for international buyers. Spain’s appeal is still strong, although with the UK triggering Article 50 in March, British buyers may have postponed any enquiries last month to wait and see how negotiations with the EU begin. With the country making up the three most-searched locations on TheMoveChannel.com in Q1 2017, however, international interest from a diverse range of nationalities evidently remains high.

“Foreign demand for Cypriot real estate is showing signs of strengthening again in 2017. Interest climbed in the final months of 2016, possibly fuelled by buyers racing to beat the deadline for a Capital Gains Tax incentive at the end of the year. Interest softened at the start of 2017, but enquiries have grown once more in March, without the impetus of the tax deadline. With prices bottoming out and climbing across almost all regions, according to multiple indices, conditions in the island’s market are certainly improving, which is beginning to bring back investors. The island’s Golden Visa scheme is also helping to drive recovering demand, with buyers on TheMoveChannel.com particularly interested in citizenship investment opportunities.”

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

 

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