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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…
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…
27 July 2016
Over the last two years there has been a 300% increase in average tenancy lengths in the UK. Tenants are now spending an average of four years in their rental property, which is a new five-year high.   The Residential Landlords Association (RLA) is speaking to the government about removing barriers to longer term tenancies and this includes restrictions…
26 July 2016
Despite a lot of the negatives you may have been reading in the press about the property investment market since Brexit, it would appear that Chinese investors are completely unfazed by this momentous decision. In fact, the opposite is true. Inquiries into UK property by Chinese Investors in July following the Brexit result has increased by a massive…
19 July 2016
Let us introduce you to Downtown - a prestigious new residential development located next to the historic quarter of Castlefield on the banks of the River Irwell. Inspired by Manhattan’s unique skyline, Downtown is a new ‘hotel-style’ development that is set to get Manchester’s legion of young professionals chomping at the bit…
19 July 2016
Whilst the Manchester property market will certainly face some short term volatility as a result of Brexit, over the long term property experts are still predicting that the market will eventually settle down and remain a highly attractive investment proposition.   International investors may initially be reticent about investing in Manchester…
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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