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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Infrastructure and real estate are the two most critical sectors for any developing economy. A well-developed infrastructural set-up propels the overall development of a country. It also facilitates a steady inflow of private and foreign investments, and thereby augments the capital base available for the growth of key sectors in an economy, as well as its own growth, in a sustained manner.

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Infrastructure and real estate are the two most critical sectors for any developing economy. A well-developed infrastructural set-up propels the overall development of a country. It also facilitates a steady inflow of private and foreign investments, and thereby augments the capital base available for the growth of key sectors in an economy, as well as its own growth, in a sustained manner.

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The Ascott Limited | July 05, 2022

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