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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…
2 November 2016
There’s no doubt that landlords have been taking a bit of a beating recently from the government. Over the last 12 months’ landlords have seen: The removal of the 10% wear and tear tax relief for furnished lettings An extra 3% hike on stamp duty for purchasing second homes above £40K Removal of higher rate tax relief on mortgage interest…
1 November 2016
There is no doubt that we are living in turbulent economic times. The decision to leave the EU is unprecedented and nobody truly knows what triggering Article 50 will truly mean for the property market. At the moment, its holding firm and there are certainly some great opportunities for investors out there. We are frequently being asked by our clients…
1 November 2016
Manchester attracts young professionals in their droves and increasingly, it is these young professionals who are choosing to rent rather than buy. Those are certainly the findings of Ascend Properties, a Manchester-based estate agent, who have reported a 21% increase in the number of enquiries from existing young professional tenants that are looking…
25 October 2016
Salford continues to grow apace as more investment floods into the city. 40,000 new homes and 40,000 new jobs by 2040 £3 billion of private sector investment 7 million visitors Salford continues to grow apace as more investment floods into the city. With a number of achievements already under its belt such as the £550 million Media City…
24 October 2016
Property is still the highest yielding asset Despite the uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the recent hike in stamp duty, property is still the highest yielding investment opportunity compared to stocks, shares and other asset classes. With interest rates at an all-time low, investors who historically wouldn’t have got involved with property…
20 October 2016
Axis Tower Construction Update - October 2016 Contractor site accommodation established Canal towpath works completed Initial slab & foundation works completed Piling works commenced on site Next update due – WC 16th January 2017 Latest Photos:  
20 October 2016
If your tastes are a bit more eclectic and you fancy visiting more unusual attractions in Manchester, then check out our Top 5 quirky locations to visit: The Outhouse – once a public toilet and a real eyesore, the Outhouse in Manchester’s Northern Quarter is now a vibrant street art gallery. In 2010 two forward-thinking local artists, Ben…
11 October 2016
There has been a lot of noise recently surrounding the 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came in six months ago and industry leaders are calling on the government to now reverse their decision. At the time, property industry analysts predicted that it would be damaging to the London market and build-to-rent sectors and early…
11 October 2016
Well, we’re just back from The Property Investor and Homebuyer show which was held at London’s ExCel Arena, and what  a hectic event it was. Whilst it seemed a bit quieter to previous shows, we are still delighted to report that we had a steady  stream  of people visiting our stand and plenty of interest shown in student…
10 October 2016
You can’t fail to notice that the Tories have been in town recently. The Conservative Party conference which was held at the ICC in Birmingham on the 1 st and 2 nd October, saw Theresa May and her new cabinet set the agenda for the party for the next 12 months and, unexpectedly, Theresa May gatecrashed a fringe event to give her backing for Birmingham…
10 October 2016
There has been a lot of noise recently surrounding the 3% stamp duty surcharge on the purchase of second homes that came in six months ago and industry leaders are calling on the government to now reverse their decision. At the time, property industry analysts predicted that it would be damaging to the London market and build-to-rent sectors and early…
5 October 2016
It’s that time of year again! On Friday 7 th October and Saturday 8 th October we will be exhibiting at the Property Investor & Homebuyer show at ExCel in London. For anybody who is interested in property investing this is the must go-to event of the year, you can’t afford to miss it.   Last year’s event was a resounding…
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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