Weak currency, strong opportunity: the UK property market


Tourist bookings from China to the United Kingdom are up by as much as 30 percent this summer, with a third of a million visits by China and Hong Kong residents expected. The British are delighted to notice that Chinese visitors stay for a long time and spend a lot of money too! Can you blame us, when the pound is so weak these days?

The UK has never been more appealing for property investment too. Here we highlight six of the best reasons to invest in British property.

  1. Easy to buy

Britain benefits from low regulation but high levels of honesty! UK estate agents are unregulated but exceptionally easy to deal with, in a lively but safe property market. Chinese people are allowed to buy here, although owning property does not, in itself, give you a right to live here.

  1. A safe haven

UK investment is protected by strict property rights. British law courts offer cheaper and faster justice than many countries and the UK is among the 10 least corrupt countries as judged by Transparency International.

  1. Demand vs Supply

England, largest of the UK’s four countries, is the most densely populated large country in Europe. Yet it has one of the highest rates of immigration and strict building controls. The result? A housing shortage and prices shooting up.

  1. Steady and stable investment

Prices of British homes more than doubled between 2000 and 2016, despite a dip after the global financial crisis. There is also a vibrant rental market for those who wish also to earn an income stream from their UK property investment.

  1. Low transaction costs

The costs of buying and selling are among the lowest in the world. Stamp duty is the highest cost, and you now pay three percent extra if this is not your main residence.

  1. Wide choice of investments

Property has always been a popular investment in the UK, especially for the Royal Family, the Church of England and pension funds. There is a huge range of investments, everything from Scottish shooting estates to London penthouses, plus a few lower budget options too.

When you buy, choose Smart Premier FX

Established in 2004, Smart Premier FX specialises in currency transfers for purchase of the property or any other high cost purchases (boats, cars, jets, art) anywhere in the world, by the most discerning people. Our exclusive service, tailored to the needs of those making substantial currency transfers, allows our clients to plan their high value international purchases.

Smart Premier’s experienced currency exchange consultants take the time to fully understand each client’s circumstances and exact requirements before devising a bespoke currency transfer strategy. By constantly monitoring the currency markets and the changing global economy, they are able to mitigate the risks posed by currency fluctuations.

To enquire about the services and discuss your currency risks when transferring funds into the UK, please contact Dean Biddulph from the Smart Premier team on 0044 207 898 0541 or email:

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