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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…
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…
17 August 2016
According to think tank Resolution Foundation, many ‘Millennials’ will have spent over £50K on rent by the time they’re 30. Millennials, or Generation Y, as they are often referred to, is the generation born in the early 1980s right up to the early 2000s, and, because of the housing crisis they have grown up with, are much more…
16 August 2016
West has been ranked as the top region in the UK to do business. The survey of 250 companies with locations around the UK, ranked the North West has top of the tree, followed by the North East and London now third.   The plethora of new businesses and young professionals in the North West have really put the region on the map and cities such as…
11 August 2016
The ‘triple lock’ principle of pension protection may be safe for now, but will it always be?   Triple lock is the principle that dictates the value of your state pension. As things currently stand, your state pension will rise based on the rate of inflation, the rate of average earnings, or a flat rate of 2.5% - whichever is the highest.…
9 August 2016
Construction in Manchester and Salford is at a 10-year high and it’s the residential sector that’s leading the way with 7,000 apartments currently under development up from 4,500 apartments in May.   There are approximately 2,500 apartments under construction in the centre of Manchester alone and another 3,000 apartments under way…
6 August 2016
The recent interest rate cut by the Bank of England from 0.5% to 0.25% is good for property investment. Whilst it is not great new for savers, the fact that lower interest rates will make bonds and savings less appealing could see a potential reallocation of money from these asset classes into the more profitable property sector.   It may also…
3 August 2016
According to a new report from Lendinvest, the UK’s leading online platform for property lending, Manchester has offered the highest rental yields in the country over the last 6 years (2010 to 2016).   Average rental yields in the city over this period have been 6.8%, topping all other locations in the UK. With 26% of people living within…
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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