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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…
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…
14 June 2016
If we had the definitive answer to that question then I’m sure we could all make a tidy profit but the fact is, nobody truly knows so all we can do is speculate. Here are some of the speculations that are circulating at the moment:   Interest rates – the IMF (International Monetary Fund) gloomily predict that interest rates will rise…
14 June 2016
The new Hainan Airlines’ Beijing route is a massive boost for Manchester that is set to have a hugely positive effect on the city’s university, investment and economy.   On the 10 th June the first direct flight to mainland China took off, making Manchester the first airport outside of London to provide direct flights to the second…
14 June 2016
MediaCityUK have just announced the second phase of their plans to further develop their site in Salford, which will effectively double its size over the next 10 years.   The £1 billion plans incorporate 540,000 sq ft of office space, 1,800 apartments, retail and leisure developments, public spaces and a pedestrian promenade. The plans are…
7 June 2016
According to research from Lendinvest, the north west of the UK has outperformed everywhere else in the country when it comes to rental yields.   Over the last 5 years, cities such as Manchester and Liverpool have topped the rental yield charts with Manchester producing yields of over 6% and Liverpool over 5%. This compares to London where the…
7 June 2016
With property prices in London being out of reach for many buy-to-let investors, would-be landlords are turning their attention to the north to pick up a buy-to-let bargain with the potential for high rental returns.   London has always been seen as a safe haven for investors, especially wealthy overseas buyers, and this will continue to be the…
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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