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Assetz tracks home yields for investors

Assetz claims that it has produced the first property investment tracking device to monitor rental returns and capital gains in the UK and overseas markets.

The property investment specialist company says the tracker assesses projected returns and risks associated with investing in property in a range of sectors.

The sectors tracked are UK student, UK buy to let, France, Spain, Cyprus, Florida and Bulgaria. Assetz says these countries were chosen because of their significance to the UK investor.

The firm’s tracker highlights France, where a minimum deposit of 15 per cent of the property price is required, as being the most attractive country for investors.

Assetz cautions against investing in Bulgaria due to the high risks of an emerging market driven almost entirely by investors.

It also warns investors to beware of Florida as capital gains are predicted to hit a standstill or go down while interest rates are on the rise.

Managing director Stuart Law says: “Investors should be cautious of Bulgaria’s immature market. If Bulgaria does not join the EU, prices are unlikely to continue to rise at the current rate.”


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