Date: 11-13 October
Location: London Excel
Event: The major national Landlord and investor networking event of 2012
Launched in 2002, The Property Investor Show is about to enter its second decade at London Excel. While the list of imitation events that have come and (largely) gone over the same period is lengthy, this event has survived and prospered. Boasting the largest exhibitor and visitor numbers of any UK property investment event, a broad content mix and almost 100 seminar sessions, this event holds a mirror up to the industry and seeks to present a true reflection of its current state … in a live environment…under one roof.
But what does October’s renewal have in store for its patrons?
The central ‘good news’ topic of the last 12 months has of course been ‘rental yields’. But the relative shortage of London/South East stock opens the door to a mix of offerings from around the UK to attend. For example, our spies tell us that those seeking to extend their portfolios should keep a look out for some very attractive ‘traditional’ buy to let investments from the North West and Yorkshire.
Coincidentally, this coming October marks the tripling of tuition fees by the majority of the UK’s higher education establishments with many commentators waiting to see what, if any, dislocation this will cause in the student market..
A record turnout of student accommodation propositions is anticipated with the event website already indicating a broad mix of product types and locations – representing both the popular “Russell Group” university locations and a host of others – will be on display and tested by open debate in several seminars across the 3 open days. The main promoters of this sub-category will also be out in force, creating an ideal forum for those reaching the sector.
Those landlords with mixed portfolios of UK and international real estate will not be surprised to learn that this year the organizers anticipate the largest and most varied representation to come from the safer haven of United States – Florida (yes of course) but also a mix from other states and cities.
Gone are the days when the phrase ‘USA investment’ meant buying a holiday home in Florida. The world has moved on as illustrated by the multitude of Buy To Let propositions appearing across America’s states and cities.
In acknowledgement of its rising profile over the last year, Buy to Let investment in the USA will come under the microscope in a special debate.
The session (Thursday 11th October) will be moderated Property Investor News editor Richard Bowser and Anglo-American columnist John Corey – with representatives of several US realtors taking part to explore the merits, options and arguments.
Back by popular demand is the live property auction on the Friday afternoon – not only an entertaining spectacle but an opportunity to witness in ‘real time’ investment property being bought across the country. Last year’s auction disposed over £6 million pounds worth in under 3 hours, so expect another busy session with Graham Penny holding the gavel for MustBeSold.
Plus Kate Faulkner’s popular ‘Property Clinic’ feature will aim to answer visitor questions – or find somebody who can.
Veteran investors will find plenty to interest them too – with the availability in the hall of various off-market deals as ever a magnet. The seminar programme too presents a mix of the established and new – with enough independent speakers to ensure a healthy mix of contrasting views. Among the sessions we look forward to this year are those from respected commentators such as Peter Bolton King (RICS), Ray Boulger (John Charcol), David Sandeman (E I Group) and of course LandlordZONE’s own Tom Entwistle.
Show opens: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Register for free entry at: http://www.propertyinvestor.co.uk/london/register.asp