Study rates London property most likely to increase despite Brexit uncertainty

One & Only Pro Ltd | April 19, 2019

Kensington and Chelsea is the best place in London to invest in property as Brexit fears continue to hit prices, according to a new analysis. The study rates properties in the capital according to their ‘diamond’ investment status which looks at those most likely to increase in value and given a score of between one and 10. The analysis by property investment portal One and Only Pro, found that 19% of properties in Kensington and Chelsea are rated as ‘diamond’ with an average price of over £1 million. Whereas developers and investors would typically be looking for growth areas, the research shows that property is all about location. It is currently better to buy in the prime areas of London, as it offers investors better returns, terms of location and long term value.

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Affordable housing can be a foundation for overall stability and well-being for the District’s lowest-income residents. Research shows that having a safe and affordable place to live is essential to health outcomes and achievement in school. Yet few of the District’s extremely low-income renter households (those with incomes below 30 percent of the area median, or $33,000 for a family of four) have access to a home they can afford. In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, 63 percent of DC’s extremely low-income renters spent at least half of their income on housing.

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Affordable housing can be a foundation for overall stability and well-being for the District’s lowest-income residents. Research shows that having a safe and affordable place to live is essential to health outcomes and achievement in school. Yet few of the District’s extremely low-income renter households (those with incomes below 30 percent of the area median, or $33,000 for a family of four) have access to a home they can afford. In 2016, the most recent year for which data is available, 63 percent of DC’s extremely low-income renters spent at least half of their income on housing.

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