12th December, 2013 BACK TO ALL PODCASTS

This week we donned our protective clothing for another property-related duel. Just like we duked it out over Landlord v Investor back in Episode 4, this time we went head-to-head over North v South: Where’s best to invest?

With Rob B repping the North and Rob D in the corner of the South, we battled it out over five rounds:

  • Yield
  • Recent performance
  • Capital growth prospects
  • Rental demand
  • Impact on investment strategy

Who emerged victorious? You’ll have to listen to find out!

News this week

Our news story this week was about expats rushing to buy back in the UK, as reported by The Telegraph and backed up by Rob B. Apparently, expectations of rising house prices means expats are keen to have some assets back in Pounds Sterling, or even to buy somewhere for themselves before prices go up (and rent it out in the meantime).

If nothing else, it shows how far perceptions and expectations have shifted this year – from doom and gloom to “buy now or you’ll miss the boat”. The reality? As always, probably somewhere in the middle.

Resource of the week

This week’s resource came courtesy of Property 118, and their new property research tool. Rather than going to 20-odd different sites in the course of doing your due diligence (everything from historic prices to broadband speeds), the tool brings everything together in the same place – all you have to do is enter the postcode.

Check it out and let us know what you think!

Mentions this week

We took a lot of our data for the duel from this excellent Moneystepper analysis, and their follow-up infographic. Thank you Graham!

We also referred to the recent Property News Radio episode about North v South. And PNR got another mention, as we pointed you towards Rob B’s interview with Mark Alexander about the West Brom scandal.

And finally, we asked you to check out the new social media profiles for The Property Hub!

So go follow/tweet/like/whatever:

  • The Property Hub on Facebook
  • The Property Hub on Twitter
  • The Property Hub on Google Plus

Tell us what you thought of the show!

So, who won our battle?

If you had to choose, would you pick the North or the South for the next 5-10 years?

Let us know in the comments!

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