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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…
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…
12 July 2016
In light of all the uncertainty in the property investment market at the moment now is a good time to focus on buy and hold and consolidate your position. Buy and hold is exactly what it says on the tin. It means that you focus on purchasing those prime residential or student properties that will supply you with enough cash flow every month to cover…
12 July 2016
In post Brexit Britain there is naturally a degree of uncertainty about the property market and whether or not you should invest. For investors who are looking for steady income and a reliable source of cash flow then we would advise adopting a buy and hold strategy to property. Irrespective of Brexit there is still a huge demand and supply issue in…
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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