British expatriates looking for a good investment back home are being encouraged to view likely properties when returning with their children for the school holidays. BILLY ADAMS reports. BRITISH property firms are surging towards Hongkong as the territory's school holidays approach. The mini-invasion has been sparked in the last few weeks as developers market their ''bargain buys''. They are seizing the chance to attract British expatriates - many of whom will be going home when their children's summer break begins. That will give possible buyers a chance to view properties in Britain. Anna Miller, who runs a property firm in Hongkong, said many companies were coming to Hongkong to get involved. She said: ''It's getting difficult to find a venue for an exhibition at the moment because there are so many. ''Some have been here before and others are new to Hongkong. ''I supposes it's the flavour of the month to market properties in Britain. ''The pound is down, interest rates are still low and fixed rates for mortgages are being offered on a fairly long-term basis. ''It's particularly busy just now because the holiday rush is about to begin. ''When the schools break up, many expatriates will go home and that will give them a chance to view properties.'' Exhibitions in Hongkong over the weekend attracted good responses, according to the organisers. Property in the southeast of England - the most popular area with Hongkong people - was not the only pulling point. More than 200 people visited a show of residential property in Scotland, held at the Hilton Hotel. It was organised by Edinburgh estate agent David Alexander and lawyer Sandy Burnett, who consider the territory's buyers as ''very astute''. Hongkong-based property expert Gail Conolly helped organise the exhibition of four developments by Scottish builders mainly in the Edinburgh area and a number of other sites throughout the country. She said about 10 firm reservations had been made. Mrs Conolly will now follow up on a number of other specific interests. ''Most of the people I spoke to showed a definite interest in buying,'' she said. ''The majority of the interest came from people who wanted to buy for investment purposes and rent the units out.'' A development by Cala Homes near the centre of the Scottish capital - where flats are selling for between GBP90,000 (about HK$1 million) and GBP117,000 - generated most interest. Flats and houses near the world famous Gleneagles Hotel were also being marketed. Prices ranged from GBP80,000 to GBP275,000, with life membership of the golf and other leisure facilities included. Black Horse Agencies held its first Hongkong exhibition at the J W Marriot Hotel at the weekend. Five new developments based in the southeast of England were on sale. The firm's new homes director, David Marsh, was staggered at the response. He said: ''We never stopped. It has been an extremely busy few days. ''Many of the people who were interested are returning to Britain during the summer. ''It wasn't intentional but this gives us the perfect chance to show them exactly the type of property they are looking for.''