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Chinese investors love bricks and mortar. Armed with calculators, maps and a recent Rightmove report (translated into Mandarin) showing how house prices in Manchester skyrocketed by 18 per cent in the first quarter of 2014, while Croydon’s soared by 19.1 per cent, the serious players made a beeline for the stalls emblazoned with Union Jacks.
They have no intention of travelling to Britain to see the ‘commodities’ they are snapping up like squares on a Monopoly board, much less living in them.
One or two had vague plans to use them as student lodgings for their children, if they eventually attended an English university.
But the general idea was to buy ‘off-plan’ before the property has been built, while prices are rising fast, leave their flats to be rented out by a management company, then sell them — hopefully just as Britain’s housing bubble is about to burst.
Indeed, some said they would sell before they were built if prices keep rising.
Jaw-dropping examples of this new Chinese colonisation of London abound. In Earlsfield, South West London, I came across a building called Westfield House, whose one-bedroomed flats starting at £450,000 can only be bought through agents in the Far East.
One broker in Singapore told me he was fielding calls from Londoners desperate to buy them. And broadcaster Andrew Marr has written of a developer he knows who sold a multi-million-pound North London apartment to a customer in Shanghai, who said he wanted it for his son to stay in when he studied in London. The child was just six months old.