News: Investors unfazed by wobbling market

Thu, 27 Sep 07

Investors’ confidence in the property market remained remarkably strong as almost 14,000 visitors headed to the Property Investor Show at London’s ExCeL centre last weekend...

Investors continued to demonstrate their interest in investing in property despite concerns about the buoyancy of the market. 

The show is the largest and most informative exhibition of its kind in the UK, and featured almost 300 exhibitors specialising in all areas of property investment in the UK and overseas from emerging markets such as Arabia to the traditional markets of Spain.

Investors seeking alternatives

UK exhibitors included a number of large developers including Taylor Wimpey and Dandara. Highlights of the international section included the three designated areas, Invest in Morocco, Invest in Turkey and Invest in Arabia, which included Aldar, Abu Dhabi’s largest developer.

A survey carried out at the show by Access Hungary also revealed that almost 70% of investors are seeking alternatives to traditional savings or investments in UK banks or building societies. In particular, the overseas market is proving popular with 59% saying they were swayed by high returns in other countries.*

Visitors were also able to take their pick of over 100 information-packed seminars on topics, including investing in Abu Dhabi, finding the right fund and picking the next hotspot. The seminars provided a huge source of advice and were one of the biggest draws of the show.

One of the most popular events was the sold out Friday debate, which focused on the hot topic of “Does the 'Credit Crunch' mean Bye Bye Buy-to Let or Business as Usual”, and attracted a capacity audience of over 150 people. The general view being that the property market continues to offer good investment opportunities, despite the recent turbulence in the finance markets.

Hugely successful

Nick Clark, Managing Director of the Property Investor Show, comments: “This year’s Property Investor Show was hugely successful. Notably many of the visitors over the weekend were experienced investors with both the equity and knowledge behind them to build substantial portfolios. T

“These investors essentially underpin the buy-to-let market in the UK. The overwhelming feeling from both visitors and exhibitors was that the property market still has much to offer investors and this was evident with a wide range of opportunities on offer both in the UK and overseas markets.

“The Property Investor Show has carved a niche for itself as an educational, information packed exhibition attracting the highest quality visitor, and this is why it remains the UK’s leading show for anyone interested in any aspect of buying or selling property within the UK or overseas.”

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