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If you’re considering an offshore investment property, it’s best to partner with a company who understands the intricacies South Africans will face, the pros and cons of the markets you’re investing in, the local conditions that might affect your decisions, and the international laws and considerations you should be aware of. Take a look at how IP Global can help you to expand your investment portfolio across borders.

IP Global is a property investment company that provides straightforward access to international real estate with the potential for strong capital growth and rental yields. From initial research and acquisition through to a full letting and management service, including guidance on your exit strategy, they assist throughout the entire investment process. They understand the power of leveraging, and help you to structure your investment optimally, including the nitty-gritty tax implications.

Unlike an estate agent who simply points you to a potential investment opportunity, IP Global actually invests alongside their clients in the developments they identify, which shows the level of confidence they have in their meticulous and thorough research and – importantly – the developers they’re working with.

At present, IP Global is focusing on the UK, Germany and Portugal because their research shows there is sufficient opportunity, both in terms of capital growth and rental yields. These markets all meet IP Global’s strict investment criteria:

• a significant supply/demand imbalance
• relatively low entry and exit costs
• access to mortgage finance for international investors
• transparent legal and tax frameworks coupled with strong and stable economies.

IP Global’s expertise lies in identifying ‘pockets of value’ within those jurisdictions.



Royal Victoria Residence is located adjacent to the jewel in the crown of major regeneration projects – the £1.7 billion Asian Business Port (ABP) Enterprise Zone, a new centre for commerce and a springboard for Asian investment into London and the UK.

The zone will create over 30,000 new jobs by 2037 across 4.7 million square feet of new commercial and retail space. The first phase of around 600,000 square feet of development at the 35- acre Royal Albert Dock broke ground in June 2017 and is due for completion in early 2019.

Facilities and features

• 161 units on completion date (17 units available)
• balconies, winter gardens and terraces for some units
• 24-hour concierge
• 30-second walk from Emirates Airline cable car linking to
Greenwich Peninsula and the O2 Arena
• two minutes’ walk from DLR network at Royal Victoria
• seven minutes from the forthcoming Asian Business Port.

Investment details

• Inspired by the success of Canary Wharf, the master plan for East London’s Royal Docks will create the capital’s third major financial district, one that is supported by a thriving residential neighbourhood and connected by advanced transport infrastructure.

• Some £22 billion of investment is under way or planned for the area, with mixed-use projects such as the £3.5 billion Royal Wharf and £3.5 billion Silvertown Quays set to deliver historic employment and economic growth.

Why invest here?

Royal Victoria Residence is a key landmark representing the area’s transformation, and its modern curved reaches will bring a new level of luxury living to the area. The tower will offer a mix of units, all with exclusive specifications and breathtaking views, with balconies, winter gardens, terraces or sun lounges.

• Already well connected, the apartments are only a 12-minute walk from the £35 million new Crossrail station at Custom House – The Elizabeth Line – which, from start of service in December 2018, is a key driver of housing demand and therefore capital and rental growth within the area. Travel times to Canary Wharf and Paddington will be halved.

• Located in the London Borough of Newham, which has a chronic and long-term undersupply of housing. According to Council data, in 2016 there was demand for 120,133 homes, but supply of only 107,763 units, leaving a shortfall of 12,370 homes. Up to 2027 Newham Council aims to add 40,000 new homes, or 2,352 per annum. If this target is met, it will still fall short of the forecast household growth, creating a shortfall of dwellings across the borough of between 7% and 11%, as construction continues to struggle to keep up with growing demand.

• As The Royal Docks continues on this route to becoming a new premium district for the capital, confidence is high that prices will continue to rise, with the healthy residential supply pipeline unlikely to keep up with soaring demand.

• Properties around Custom House Crossrail station are expected to see growth of 29.5% and rental growth of 27.4% between the end of 2015 and the end of 2020 alone.

Facilities and features

• 2,400 new homes
• one-, two- and three-bedroom units
• new schools
• restaurants and cafés
• new urban park

Investment details

• Grand windows, mezzanine floors and double-height ceilings add traditional elegance to expansive open-plan contemporary living spaces, underpinned by steel frames and solid concrete floors.

• Integrated high-specification appliances ensure every lifestyle convenience is catered for.

Why invest here?

• The area that surrounds Canterbury Lofts is transforming.

• A long-term regeneration plan for South Kilburn will see 2,400 new homes built, allowing for a further influx of young families as well as working professionals into the area.

• The regeneration will also enhance the employment sector within NW6 by creating a number of job opportunities.

• Over the next five to 10 years, South Kilburn will benefit from the use of new schools, retail units, restaurants and cafés, which will contribute to what is an already incredibly vibrant and prosperous community atmosphere.


Wellington Quarter is a luxury development located in the heart of Woolwich, offering comfortable and convenient living close to the future Crossrail station.

Facilities and features

• premium town-centre residence
• seven-minute walk to future Woolwich Crossrail station giving access to Canary Wharf in eight minutes, Liverpool Street in 14 minutes, Bond Street in 22 minutes, and Heathrow in 50 minutes
• wheelchair-friendly units available.

Why invest here?

• Connectivity: Crossrail will make Woolwich the most wellconnected location beyond Zone 1 in South London.

• 15% house price growth forecast from 2018 to 2022.

• Demand due to Crossrail is predicted to push rents by 21% from 2018 to 2020.

• A £1.2 billion mixed scheme project on Woolwich riverside that will regenerate the area.



Located right at the centre of Birmingham, Kent Street Residence integrates city living with an urban community feel.

Facilities and features

• prime city-centre address
• nine-minute walk to New Street Station, John Lewis and Bullring
• just south of Chinatown.

Investment details

• 20.5% house price growth forecast between 2018 and 2022.

Why invest here?

• Historic levels of investment in the city’s transportation infrastructure and mixed-use developments.

• Local population increase of 171,000 residents to 1.3 million forecast by 2039.

• Higher than regional and national average employment growth of 0.6% per annum forecast for between 2018 and 2022.

• Rental price increases forecast to be 16.5% between 2018 and 2022.

• House price growth forecast to be 20.5% between 2018 and 2022.



Eden West is a luxury residence set within Charlottenburg, Berlin’s most exclusive neighbourhood. The modern development, boasting premium appliances and contemporary design features, is an ideal opportunity to be part of Berlin’s tremendous evolution.

Facilities and features

• luxury boutique property
• unrivalled high-quality specifications
• 20 one-bedroom units and a fifth-floor penthouse
• five-minute walk from the high-end Ku’Damm Boulevard
• one-minute walk to Augsburger Strasse U-Bahn station.

Investment details

• Set back from the Augsburger Strasse, Eden West is a quiet oasis in the heart of one of Europe’s most exciting cities.

• Attention has been given to every detail within Eden West’s 20 spacious singlebedroom apartments, as well as its single fifth-floor penthouse.

• In the middle of the city, everything one could want is within walking distance of Eden West.

• Only five minutes away is the Ku’Damm Boulevard, Berlin’s most luxurious shopping destination.

• Surrounded by historic, ornate buildings and population squares, this illustrious corner of Charlottenburg has long been revered by the city’s elite for its prestige and serenity.

• Renowned theatres and art galleries offer cultural variety, while the nearby Tiergarten and Charlottenburg Palace grounds afford refreshing expanses of green space.

Why invest here?

• Construction activity in Berlin has been slow to respond to the city’s increasing population. With 40,000 to 60,000 residents moving in per year, the Berlin City Development Office estimates 194,000 new apartments will be required by 2030.

• Berlin has a faster-growing office workforce than London or Paris, with 4.4% year-on-year growth.

• House prices increased by 11.4% in 2017.

• Rental returns increased by 10.7% in 2017.


Einbecker 47 is a modern residence in the growing Berlin neighbourhood of Lichtenberg. Positioned close to a number of educational institutions and one of the city’s largest technology hubs, Einbecker 47 sits in the centre of one of Berlin’s most exciting areas.

Facilities and features

• 40-unit new-build residence in East Berlin
• studio and one-bedroom units available
• communal garden
• six-minute walk to Lichtenberg U-Bahn / S-Bahn station
• four educational institutions reachable in under 15 minutes from the site.

Investment details

• A booming economy and continued population growth remain the primary demand drivers of the Berlin housing market. Between 2006 and 2016 Berlin’s population grew by over 320,000 and it is forecast to rise by another 200,000 by 2030.

• Berlin’s construction activity has been slow to react to the city’s sharp population growth. This has led to the housing market being structurally undersupplied, with only 15,670 apartments completed in 2017, and an increasing backlog of at least 84,000 units.

• The profoundly low levels of supply and increasingly high levels of demand have put pressure on Berlin’s sales and rental markets, both of which have seen consistent growth in recent years.

Why invest here?

• An ideal location offering easy access to key education, employment and transportation hubs, the Lichtenberg neighbourhood is attracting students and young professionals in significant numbers.

• The area is a growing tech hub focused on creating a new centre for innovative companies and start-ups, and is already home to the offices of Universal Music, Coca-Cola and Zalando.

• Four educational institutions based in (and around) Lichtenberg create consistent housing demand for studentocused accommodation like microapartments.

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