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8 May 2017
New research by BM Solutions, the buy-to-let brand of Lloyds Banking Group, has revealed that it is landlords in the North of England that are making the best annual rental returns. Landlords in Northern England achieved annual yields of 7% in the second half of 2016, with rents averaging out at £513 per month. Other regions that have performed…
8 May 2017
Vacancies for professional roles in Manchester have risen by 67% in the first quarter of 2017 as uncertainty over the impact of Brexit appears to be diminishing. Compared to this time last year, the number of IT roles in the city has doubled, outstripping the growth seen in London as confidence increases across Manchester employers. In addition to…
6 May 2017
Taking a commanding 63% share of the vote, Labour’s Andy Burnham saw off his competition to become the first mayor of Greater Manchester. Andy Burnham will now be in charge of just under £1 billion in public spending and business leaders in the city have strongly welcomed the new appointment. Chris Fletcher, director of Marketing and Policy…
5 May 2017
According to new research compiled by Hometrack, Manchester is leading the way in house price growth while property values in the south of the UK are slowing down. The average house price in Manchester is currently at £153,600 which is an 8.8% increase on this time last year. Hometrack closely monitor house price movements across the UK’s…
1 May 2017
Council bosses in Manchester have signed a new deal with far eastern investors for ten thousand new homes to be built over the next decade. This £1 billion of investment will see a string of new neighbourhoods stretching out north from the city across largely disused land around Angel Meadows, Collyhurst, New Cross and the Lower Irk Valley. Developers…
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…
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…
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…
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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