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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…
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…
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…
20 January 2017
House price inflation in Manchester hits 12 year high. Growth in regional cities continues to overhaul London which dropped to 7th in the city house price growth rankings for 2016. Bristol is still the fastest growing city +9.6% but could be overtaken by Manchester in Q1. City house price growth bounces back in Q4 2016 UK city house price inflation…
18 January 2017
Construction Update - Oxygen Towers - Manchester Design progressing for tender documents. Specifically bathroom layouts refined and the structural frame being coordinated across the building. Sub-contractors being appointed to assist with design development of the precast concrete frame, glazing and lifts. Existing utility positions for the site have…
17 January 2017
Construction Update - Downtown Manchester Development Main cabin location will be situated in the public realm works area adjacent the footbridge over the canal Works are due to commence from the beginning of March 2017 starting with the hoardings and site set up Initial works – main site strip and piling mats to be installed The main contiguous…
17 January 2017
Construction Update - Axis Tower - Manchester All site enabling works completed 23/12/2016 Temporary incoming utilities connected Excavation to bearing strata completed across the building footprint and any existing ground obstructions removed Concrete blinding to Lower Ground Floor slab completed by concrete sub-contractor Reinforcement works to Lower…
13 January 2017
According to the latest European Digital City Index, which is compiled by Nesta, the UK Innovation Foundation, Manchester has made Europe’s Top 20 cities for digital innovation for the first time. This is testament to how forward-looking Manchester has become regarding all things digital and its importance in becoming a leading world city. The…
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…
1 September 2015
Birmingham has been in the news quite a lot recently and all for the right reasons. You can’t fail to have noticed all the praise that has been heaped on the redeveloped New Street Station and how this will dramatically change perceptions of people who arrive in the city for the first time. Over the last few years we have seen the resurgence…
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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