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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…
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…
11 November 2015
Over $13 billion worth of investment in UK property by Chinese investors has been forecast by 2020. Attracted by strong returns and the stability that the UK property market represents compared to the volatility of the equity markets, Chinese investors see the UK as a safe bet for yielding good returns. Chancellor George Osborne’s recent visit…
11 November 2015
It’s hard to believe that in the 1980s less than 1,000 people lived in the centre of Manchester. That figure is now in excess of 15,000. Other major UK cities such as Birmingham, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Nottingham and Glasgow have also seen rapid growth in city centre living over this period. So what’s behind this resurgence? Young…
11 November 2015
With more than 10,000 private rental units due to be constructed in Manchester over the next few years, institutional investors are increasingly turning to the private rented sector in the North West to improve their returns.   The UK’s private rented sector (PRS) is set to receive billion pounds worth of investment from pension funds and…
11 November 2015
Manchester has grown to become one of the UK's hottest property investment destinations and also one of the main investment markets in Europe.   Outside of London, Manchester is the UK's biggest economic region and is playing a key role in the government's £7 billion Northern Powerhouse initiatives. Manchester is set to become the first…
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.…
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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