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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…
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…
7 June 2016
In the much anticipated tenant survey report 2016 from LSL, a leading provider of residential property services, some revealing facts about what tenants really want have been unveiled. Before we get into the detail of the key findings from this survey, let’s set the scene a little….   In the UK around 20% of households fall into the…
26 May 2016
With Pep Guardiola already in position at Manchester City and with the imminent arrival of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, experts are expecting a strong boost to Manchester’s economy.   Having two of the world’s most famous football managers in one city is sure to attract a lot of interest from the world’s sporting press…
24 May 2016
For any young professional, the world may seem like it’s your oyster. Depending on the career path you want to take, the choice has always been in the big cities of the world and Manchester is emerging to be one of the most attractive. With many possibilities for career growth and leading an exciting and vibrant lifestyle, many young professionals…
17 May 2016
Some of the key headlines about Manchester is that it enjoys some of the highest rental yields in the country with yields consistently over 6%, jobs are being created faster in Manchester than any other UK city, including London and employment growth in the city continues to outstrip other cities in the UK. Interestingly, more professional service…
12 May 2016
Oxygen Tower is one of the most talked about prime city centre residential developments for some time so who is behind this iconic Manchester development? Leading North west based developer and investor, Property Alliance Group (Alliance), is behind the plans. Established for more than 26 years with a varied portfolio of £200 million across the…
11 May 2016
Recent stats show that direct international investment levels in Manchester and in the north west generally are currently running at a 10 year high.   Over the course of 2015 there were just under 100 project deals that were sealed and this created nearly 200% job growth in the region.   So why has Manchester and the north west become the…
11 May 2016
Oxygen Tower, the 31 storey landmark building that is set to make a high profile impact on the Manchester skyline, will offer young professionals the style of accommodation and lifestyle that they are looking for and aspire to. So what will Oxygen Tower deliver for its discerning audience: -       345 luxury apartments…
10 May 2016
The Manchester property market is booming. With rents at an all-time high, the yields that can be gained are some of the best in the country. Savvy investors from home and overseas are honing in on Manchester as it makes its mark as one of the top property investment hotspots in the whole of Europe. And what’s causing excitement within investment…
9 May 2016
Who would have thought that the lyrics from Petula Clark’s 1960s hit ‘Downtown’ would be so perfectly realized in a new Manchester city centre development but with Downtown, the new landmark development for the city, it really has!   Downtown is a prestigious new residential development located next to the historic quarter of…
9 May 2016
Since April 2015, over 55s in the UK have had a much greater level of freedom with how they can spend their pensions.   Pensioners have always had the freedom to withdraw up to 25% of their pension in a tax-free lump sum but, since the Pension Reform, they can now withdraw the whole amount in a number of smaller lumps with 25% still being tax-free.…
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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