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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…
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…
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…
5 July 2016
Over the last 10 years there have been significant changes to the social, cultural, digital and physical make up of Manchester which has laid the foundations for urban living in the city.   The largest numbers of new homes in Manchester have been built in the heart of the city centre in close proximity to all the transport links and, on the back…
5 July 2016
The fundamental factors of housing supply not meeting demand and the opportunity that buy-to-let presents in delivering regular rental income and long-term capital gains as not changed as a result of Brexit. If anything, there is a strong likelihood that even more people will be looking to rent, especially if the banks start imposing lending restrictions…
5 July 2016
According to global ratings agency Standard and Poor, the UK will ride out the current economic uncertainty after Brexit and come out on the other side being even more attractive to international investors.   Standard and Poor do not believe there will be any severe long-term economic implications following Brexit and are confident that the short-term…
5 July 2016
The UK property market is renowned for its transparency and being a safe haven for investors. One week on from Brexit, whilst there is still the obvious uncertainty that any major change instigates, experts predict that the UK property market will hold firm and present new opportunities.   First and foremost, despite Brexit, UK property is seen…
28 June 2016
Despite Brexit, major global players such as Boeing, Avon Cosmetics and the Pentagon have announced significant long-term investments in the UK. Senior management teams at Toyota, Nissan and Vauxhall also stated pre-Brexit that leaving the EU will make no difference to their growth and investment plans in the UK. And the Norwegian sovereign wealth…
28 June 2016
The UK is in the grips of a housing crisis. There are simply not enough houses being built which means that those houses which are available command a higher price, making them pretty much unaffordable to first time buyers. Despite a raft of initiatives from the government, little in the way of significant change is being made. In a post-Brexit UK,…
28 June 2016
Whilst the UK property market will certainly face some short term volatility as a result of Brexit, over the long term property experts are still predicting that it will eventually settle down and remain an attractive investment proposition compared to other asset classes.   International investors may initially be reticent about investing in…
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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