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30 March 2017
Manchester is seeing the fastest house price growth of any city in the UK – an extraordinary 8.8% year-on-year. This rise outstrips even the most sought-after London neighbourhoods, confirming the city is leading the way in the UK property market. Latest figures from property analytics company Hometrack demonstrate that the average house price…
27 March 2017
Manchester is building upwards and recent new images showing plans for the dramatic transformation of Angel Meadow includes a 41-storey skyscraper which will have a prominent impact on the city’s skyline. If successful, this ambitious £200 million development will see 754 new flats built across four new buildings. This is all part of Far…
27 March 2017
According to the latest official figures, Manchester’s population is growing almost 15 times faster than homes are being built. Only 290 new homes were built in the city in 2015/16, bringing the total number of houses and flats to approximately 218,500. This equates to 0.13% growth between 2015 and 2016. By comparison, the population in Manchester…
23 March 2017
The latest data from lender Halifax indicates that average house prices in the UK have risen by 5.1% over the last 12 months. The average UK house price is now at £219,949 and Halifax expect that prices will keep on rising due to the continuing growing demand and undersupply issues. OBR house price predictions In the recent budget, Chancellor…
23 March 2017
Overseas investors have ploughed over £485m into Manchester city centre office blocks last year and the investment just keeps on coming. International buyers - led by German investors – accounted for more than 66% of all the office deals agreed. This now takes overall international investment in Manchester office space to 72%. Nick Okell,…
21 March 2017
More than 1,000 new apartments have been approved for Manchester city centre - including matching twin skyscrapers on the edge of Castlefield. Two 36-storey towers have been approved for land near the old ITV site at Water Street, an 18-storey block at Oxford Road’s former BBC site, a clutch of new buildings on Princess Street and a further 24…
20 March 2017
At MIPIM, the global property convention that this year was held in Cannes, Manchester has been setting the example on how cities can regenerate and redevelop themselves. Hundreds of people packed out the Grand Auditorium at the Palais des Festivals to listen to Sir Howard Bernstein, CEO of Manchester council, Sir Edward Lister, chair of the Homes…
8 March 2017
According to Knight Frank’s latest Wealth Report, the UK is still the top choice for Asia’s high net-worth individuals when it comes to overseas property investing. The report, which tracks the ever-increasing super-rich population in 125 cities across 89 different countries, highlights that the UK beat other property investment hotspots…
7 March 2017
Another sure-fire sign of Manchester’s status as a world class city and a magnet for business investment is the planned £100 million office development right next to No1 St Peter’s Square in Manchester city centre. The Landmark Manchester is due to be ready for business by the first half of 2019 and it will be a contemporary, versatile…
16 February 2017
A FTSE 250-listed construction company has unveiled plans to establish its national finance function in Manchester city centre, creating 250 jobs. Kier, which already employs more than 5,500 staff in the North of England, is ramping up its regional presence by locating its new national Finance Shared Service Centre (FSSC) on Fountain Street. The office,…
2 February 2017
House prices in the North West will increase by 18.1% in the next five years according to property advisor JLL, with growth in the region outpacing the rest of the UK in 2017. The research, from its new  Northern England report , was presented at a Manchester Residential Predictions Seminar in the city centre this morning. According to the report,…
1 February 2017
According to the latest research by CRBE, wellness needs to be on the agenda for developers when designing new buildings. Tenants are more conscious of wellbeing than ever before and now it’s more than just wanting to live in developments that simply have gyms and swimming pools. Many new developments already have these so they’re not really…
5 November 2015
Since April 2015, the UK's over 55’s have had a much greater level of freedom with how they can spend their pensions.   Pensioners have always had the freedom to withdraw up to 25% of their pension in a tax-free lump sum but, since the Pension Reform, they can now withdraw the whole amount in a number of smaller lumps with 25% still being…
4 November 2015
It never pays to have all your eggs in one basket with whatever kind of investment you are doing and the same is true of property investment. Diversification is key to achieving success and reducing your risks. With the property market being so varied you are bound to experience some highs and lows with your investments so it’s about capitalising…
4 November 2015
Against a backdrop of rising house prices and a shortage of property, the first million pound towns outside of London hit the news recently. Data from Lloyds Bank revealed that locations such as Virginia Water in Surrey, Cobham (also in Surrey) and St Albans in Hertfordshire, all have average property prices which are in excess of £1 million.…
12 October 2015
We’ve just got back from exhibiting at the Property Investor & Homebuyer show at ExCel London which was held on the 9 th and 10 th October and we’re still buzzing from what a fantastic success it was! From the time the event opened on Friday to the time it closed on Saturday evening we were inundated with visitors to our stand expressing…
6 October 2015
High rents and house prices in London are costing the UK around £1 billion a year according to analysts. The Centre for Economics and Business Research has released a study that shows how much of Londoner’s earnings (shown by job type) needs to be spent on rent.  The findings are staggering: Profession                  …
6 October 2015
David Cameron’s recent visit to the US has put the Northern Powerhouse on the map stateside. With cities such as Manchester benefiting from £7 billion worth of investment and other Northern cities also receiving investment, David Cameron’s visit focused on the opportunities that exist for US investors in Northern England. Visiting…
21 September 2015
There’s been a lot of talk in the press recently about the so-called Northern Powerhouse effect and whatever your thoughts on the topic, when it comes to property investment there certainly seems to be some positive traction towards the north. In a recent HSBC report, 3 of the UK’s top buy-to-let locations are based up north, with Manchester…
16 September 2015
There has never been a better time to lay your hands on a buy-to-let mortgage. Banks and building societies are currently offering more than 1,000 buy-to-let loans which is the highest number since the global recession.  Stimulating this demand are the new pension freedoms that were launched back in April giving over 55s more access to their savings.…
15 September 2015
According to a recent property index report from PropertyDetective.com, 8 out of the 10 best locations to raise and start a family are based in the North and North West of England. The ‘Family Friendliness Index’ from PropertyDetective.com focuses on areas such as quality of schools, services and amenities and crime rates and in this respect,…
7 September 2015
According to recent figures from the Office of National Statistics, nearly 60,000 people aged 30 pus have left London in the last 12 months and moved north, with their favourite destination being Birmingham! There would have been a time when Londoners wouldn’t have entertained the idea of such a move, but how things have changed. The Birmingham…
4 September 2015
For all you landlords and prospective landlords out there, are you aware of the new smoke alarm laws that are coming in from the 1 st October? If not, you should pay special attention to this so that you can make sure that you are compliant. From the 1 st October it will now be a legal requirement for rental properties to have a smoke alarm and CO…
1 September 2015
The shortage of affordable housing in the UK is well documented and with fewer homes being built than in 1926 it’s not surprising to see why the rental market is booming. Although the ‘Help to Buy’ scheme has helped quite a few first time buyers into the property market, many people still can’t afford to do so and instead many…
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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