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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…
3 October 2016
Here are some design ideas for young professionals on a budget   You’re a young professional, you’ve just moved into your swanky new apartment in the heart of the city and now you want to decorate it to the best of your ability. The only trouble is you’ve already maxed out most of your budget on renting the place and of course,…
28 September 2016
Our MD, James Forrester, chooses his top 10 bars in Manchester We all know that Manchester is packed to the rafters with young professionals and students and we all know that when they’re not working all hours or studying, they do like to go out for a drink. So, we thought we would ask our MD, James Forrester, a man where socialising is a key…
20 September 2016
Historically, London has always been seen as the go-to place for investors and if you’ve got plenty of money to spend it still is. However, as prices continue to become out of reach for many investors, it is the housing demand in the UK’s regional cities that is attracting attention. The key to success in property investing is identifying…
20 September 2016
Birmingham used to be the butt of many jokes and seemed to be a city with a bit of an identity crisis. True, there were some pretty bad planning and architectural decisions which took place in the 1970s which tarnished the city’s reputation but Birmingham has put all that behind them, learned from its mistakes, and has come out on the other side…
16 September 2016
There is no doubt that Manchester is the flag ship city of the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative and plans to try and turn the city into a ‘London of the North’ don’t seem as fanciful as it sounds, especially to Chinese investors.   China has definitely bought into the idea of Manchester and everything it stands…
15 September 2016
Pros and Cons of buying off-plan   Introduction   The definition of an off-plan property investment is buying a property before the building has been completed. Investing off-plan can be a very attractive proposition if you know what you’re looking for. They won’t need decorating, repairing or refurbishing; they’re going…
8 September 2016
Getting to know Manchester   Manchester is renowned for being a prime location for buy-to-let investment and student property investment and the city has become a proverbial magnet for young professionals and students from both home and overseas. But what about the various residential areas of Manchester? If you’re looking to live in the…
6 September 2016
Divine living in Birmingham   We have some hot off the press news about a new development in Birmingham that we’ve just got to tell you about. The Divine Collection is an exclusive selection of 30 one and two bedroom apartments which have been handpicked for their quality and desirability right in the cultural heart of Birmingham. And the…
30 August 2016
  Regular, reliable income – from a cash flow perspective, investing in a property in the right area for the right price will attract good tenants who will pay their rent on time and provide you with a regular, passive income. Capital Growth – whether you’re investing in property for regular rental income or capital growth, the…
30 August 2016
With the plethora of information about investing that is available online, more and more people are exploring property investments through the internet and starting to build their own portfolios. Some investors are okay with doing this on their own whilst others prefer to seek the advice of investment professionals who have been there and bought the…
22 August 2016
With the recent news of ex-Man United footballer and now soccer pundit Gary Neville’s venture into the property industry we thought we would take a quick look at some of the UK’s other celebrity UK investors:   Robbie Fowler – former footballer and Liverpool legend, Robbie Fowler has been in the property game for a while now…
18 August 2016
With more than 60,000 units in the pipeline the build to rent revolution is well and truly here according to the British Property Federation.   A number of purpose-built developments across the UK are now fast approaching completion and from an investor’s perspective it will be important to see how these developments are managed. Low operating…
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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