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16 May 2017
A new report by CBRE, the global real estate advisor, has revealed that Manchester is the leading creative location in the UK outside of London. Characteristics of a top creative location include large concentrations of creative businesses and professionals, highly educated graduate professionals, large and growing millennial populations, good transport…
10 May 2017
According to real estate advisors Colliers International, Manchester city centre has the largest pipeline of Grade A office stock since the recession of 2008. The total amount of such space being built and due for completion by 2019 totals 733,000 sg ft across six developments. This includes 2 St Peter’s Square, 1 Spinningfields, 8 First Street,…
8 May 2017
New research by BM Solutions, the buy-to-let brand of Lloyds Banking Group, has revealed that it is landlords in the North of England that are making the best annual rental returns. Landlords in Northern England achieved annual yields of 7% in the second half of 2016, with rents averaging out at £513 per month. Other regions that have performed…
8 May 2017
Vacancies for professional roles in Manchester have risen by 67% in the first quarter of 2017 as uncertainty over the impact of Brexit appears to be diminishing. Compared to this time last year, the number of IT roles in the city has doubled, outstripping the growth seen in London as confidence increases across Manchester employers. In addition to…
6 May 2017
Taking a commanding 63% share of the vote, Labour’s Andy Burnham saw off his competition to become the first mayor of Greater Manchester. Andy Burnham will now be in charge of just under £1 billion in public spending and business leaders in the city have strongly welcomed the new appointment. Chris Fletcher, director of Marketing and Policy…
5 May 2017
According to new research compiled by Hometrack, Manchester is leading the way in house price growth while property values in the south of the UK are slowing down. The average house price in Manchester is currently at £153,600 which is an 8.8% increase on this time last year. Hometrack closely monitor house price movements across the UK’s…
1 May 2017
Council bosses in Manchester have signed a new deal with far eastern investors for ten thousand new homes to be built over the next decade. This £1 billion of investment will see a string of new neighbourhoods stretching out north from the city across largely disused land around Angel Meadows, Collyhurst, New Cross and the Lower Irk Valley. Developers…
25 April 2017
In the recent Sunday Times’ best places to live in the UK 2017 survey, Manchester has been ranked as England most exciting and liveable big city. The survey is broken into regions and the north west has fared particularly well. Areas such as Ancoats, Chorlton, Ramsbottom, Saddleworth, Knutsworth and Lymm all feature prominently in the list. Here…
25 April 2017
Irrespective of the triggering of Article 50, the UK has a major housing supply issue which means that there is an ever-growing list of people who are eager to rent. Investing in buy-to-let properties is therefore still a highly viable and attractive opportunity despite the uncertainty that Brexit has created.  England alone needs a minimum of…
25 April 2017
With the saturation and sheer expense of the London property investment market, investors are increasingly looking north to expand their property portfolios, especially in cities such as Manchester. Recent forecasts predict that the prices for residential property in Manchester will rise by over 22% in the next three years so now is the time to act.…
19 April 2017
New research from Lloyds Banks has revealed that young professionals in the UK are paying an additional £71K to secure a home in one of the country’s 20 most popular postcodes. Out of the 20 areas mainly selling to young professionals, most are located in Greater London with the exception of Didsbury in Greater Manchester and Reading in…
3 April 2017
New figures from the British Property Federation (BPF), in association with Savills, the global property consultancy, reveal that more than 5,500 build-to-rent properties are currently under construction in Manchester and Salford. This makes Manchester the top build-to-rent location outside of the capital and on a per capita basis, it is outperforming…
15 May 2017
Birmingham is positioning itself in pole position for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The city’s bid to host the games has now been officially backed by the wider region and the new West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Commenting on the bid, Andy Street said: “Everyone agreed that we have to support the Birmingham bid. It will be Birmingham’s…
20 April 2017
Birmingham Airport broke through the 12 million passenger mark for the first time recently. On Easter Monday the record was hit when 12.004, 124 passengers were recorded travelling over the last 12 months. This represents a 14.3% increase in passenger numbers year on year over the rolling 12-month period. The airport has recorded an impressive 25 months…
10 April 2017
Birmingham is fast becoming the leading UK film location outside London. With Steven Spielberg recently filming scenes from his forthcoming blockbuster Ready Player One on Floodgate Street in the Jewellery Quarter, the city is seen as a highly cost effective alternative to the capital. Whether for film locations, production offices or a base for suppliers,…
6 April 2017
New figures from Marketing Birmingham have revealed that the city enjoyed a record number of visitors in 2016 with numbers reaching 39 million. This has resulted in tourism revenue for Birmingham hitting an all-time high of £6.5 billion. The number of visitors represent a 2.5% increase on 2015 and it is now estimated that the number of full-time…
5 April 2017
Plans are in place for a major Birmingham city centre regeneration project which could potentially house around 10,000 people once completed. The 23-storey tower will form part of a new four-building office complex next door to the prestigious Mailbox shopping development. The 4.1 acre site, which is undergoing wholesale regeneration, has already seen…
29 March 2017
The largest ever Qatar-UK delegation are in Birmingham this week to discuss various projects and investment opportunities in the city.   Trade Secretary Liam Fox together with senior government officials from Qatar will be at the ICC where investment projects across sport, healthcare and cyber-security will be on the agenda. It is hoped that this…
23 March 2017
Plans for the new UK Central Hub centred around the new HS2 station in Solihull are currently being set and are expected to create more than 77,000 jobs and add over £4 billion to the region’s economy. Leaders from both the business and public sectors have outlined a 20-year vision for the hub in Solihull which will include new homes, commercial…
21 March 2017
The much-anticipated £200 million revamp of the old Typhoo building in Digbeth is set to start next year. This will encompass the building itself, an area off Bordesley Street including Typhoo Wharf and the adjacent canal basin. A wide range of new bars, restaurants, office space, art studios and homes will be created as part of the redevelopment.…
21 March 2017
Recent research from TheHouseShop.com, one of the UK’s leading online property advertising platforms, has revealed that nearly 20% of respondents to a survey about investment asset classes were still confident about the buy-to-let market. This is the case despite numerous new regulations introduced by the government and upcoming tax changes.…
28 February 2017
Today is pancake day and the team at Barrows and Forrester are already starting to salivate over the toppings they would like on their ideal pancake. The big question is – do you go savoury or do you go sweet? The consensus with the team is that sweet is the way to go. We asked Krishan Patel, Property Sales Consultant, what is preferred toppings…
21 February 2017
At Barrows and Forrester, we have steadily watched the growth of city centre living in Birmingham and the rising demand from young professionals and students. A new report by global investment consultancy JLL confirms our experience and they forecast that the increasing demand from young professionals, students and investors will drive the residential…
15 February 2017
At the recent Midlands’ Property Predictions event the mood for business in Birmingham was an upbeat one. Investment consultancy Jones Lang Lasalle said that the West Midlands was well placed to cope with the uncertainties brought about by Brexit and President Trump and, in fact, the city may stand to benefit from an export perspective, with…
5 April 2017
The skyscraper has long been a symbol of economic and financial success and the mark of a city’s ascent to becoming a truly world class city. Discussions are currently taking place regarding the Newcastle skyline and, if developers get their way, the city could soon be getting the skyscraper treatment.  Developers are very keen to build…
30 March 2017
Newcastle is aiming to become one of the top shopping destinations in Europe and plans are being put in place to make this a reality. Newcastle City Council and NE1 are working with real estate agency Cushman & Wakefield and architects FaulknerBrowns to create a strategy that will transform the Northumberland Street area of the city. Northumberland…
24 March 2017
New research has shown that Newcastle is experiencing the biggest rise in independent restaurants in the UK. The research, which was carried out by the Northern Restaurant and Bar Association (NRB), has revealed that the number of independent restaurants in Newcastle has grown by 12.8% over the last three years – higher than London, Birmingham…
28 February 2017
A new study by Regeneris and Urban Foresight has highlighted how the contribution of Newcastle University has added £1.1 billion to the North East economy. With more than 27,500 students and 5,780 staff, Newcastle University is the fourth largest employer in the North East and generates an annual income of £475 million. Overseas students…
18 February 2017
There’s no doubt that 2016 was a torrid year for landlords. What with the introduction of the 3% stamp duty surcharge, the scrapping of the 10% wear and tear tax relief and the phasing out of mortgage tax relief which kicks in from April this year, landlords could be forgiven for thinking that they were being picked on!  Despite this, the…
17 February 2017
According to new research from property services group Countrywide, the percentage of landlords buying buy-to-let properties with cash rather than taking out a buy-to-let mortgage, hit 61% in January. This is the highest level that its ever hit since records began in 2007. So why is this happening? Johnny Morris, research director at Countrywide, puts…
16 February 2017
The housing market is never far away from the news agenda and 2017 promises to be a very interesting year. What with Brexit, the Trump effect, various elections across Europe and the ongoing supply and demand issues that impact on the market, there’s a whole host of events and changes that are taking place that will no doubt have a bearing. Zoopla,…
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