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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…
29 December 2016
Okay, so you may have already read our pick of the top 10 bands in Manchester ( if you haven’t, then please click here) and, especially if you’re a Brummie, you might be thinking that Birmingham can certainly hold its own against anything Manchester has to offer! In the spirit of healthy competition, here is our pick of the top 10 bands…
16 November 2016
In these days of economic uncertainty, investors are increasingly looking for a safe bet and, as far as property is concerned, investment in PBSA ( Purpose-Built Student Accommodation ) fits this bill. Over the past couple of years’ investment in student property has soared, with institutional as well as individual investors (many from overseas)…
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…
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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