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13 January 2017
With home ownership at its lowest levels for 30 years, new research shows that renting is not just about affordability, it’s also become a lifestyle choice, especially across the younger generation. Home ownership rates have dropped from 46% to 20% for 25-year-olds over the last 20 years and whilst some of this can be put down to lack of affordable…
30 December 2016
There’s no doubting Manchester’s pedigree as a centre for world music. The number of music artists and bands that have hailed from the city is truly phenomenal and their influence on other musicians is still being felt today and probably always will be. We thought it would be fun to look at what we consider to be the 10 best bands to come…
20 December 2016
Despite a steep fall in home ownership in Greater Manchester over the past couple of decades, the city is finally on the rise again, with 68% of property professionals recently voting Manchester the best city to invest in from all the cities in the Northern Powerhouse. The Northern Powerhouse is the ongoing government proposal to boost the economy…
15 December 2016
Manchester's reputation as a world-class city is on the rise, with more and more people and businesses realising what a great place it is to live and work. As a city with an amazing pool of talent, one of the world's most connected airports and transport infrastructures and one of the highest quality and most diverse ranges of businesses, it's no surprise…
23 November 2016
Investing in student property is proving to be popular with a new generation of investors who do not want the hassle that can often be associated with traditional buy-to-let investments. With student numbers growing and a lack of quality accommodation to house them, the development of high specification PBSA (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation) is…
16 November 2016
The North West stretch of HS2 has been confirmed today by Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, and Manchester Airport is one of the key destinations that it will stop at.  The western section of the line will stop at Crewe and Manchester Airport ,en-route to a new station which will be situated right next to Manchester Piccadilly.…
3 November 2016
Student property investment – HMO or PBSA? Investing in student property can be a profitable and rewarding experience if you know what you’re doing. As with any investment, it pays to do your research and carry out due diligence before you jump in so that you know exactly what you’re getting into. With student property, there are…
3 November 2016
Demolition is just about to start to make way for Oxygen Tower , Property Alliance Group’s iconic 31 storey tower that will soon be a prestigious residential landmark in the heart of Manchester. Located close to Manchester Piccadilly Station, the Northern Quarter and the commercial heartland of the city, Oxygen’s prime location will be…
5 October 2016
It’s that time of year again! On Friday 7 th  October and Saturday 8 th  October we will be exhibiting at the Property Investor & Homebuyer show at ExCel in London. For anybody who is interested in property investing this is the must go-to event of the year, you can’t afford to miss it.   Last year’s event was a…
3 October 2016
We asked our investment consultant, Krishan Patel, what his old student digs were like.   “I wouldn’t even take my mum to see the property I was living in.” This sad, poignant and okay, yes….amusing statement was made by our Investment Consultant Krishan Patel, when asked to describe his old student digs.    …
16 September 2016
There is no doubt that Manchester is the flag ship city of the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative and plans to try and turn the city into a ‘London of the North’ don’t seem as fanciful as it sounds, especially to Chinese investors.   China has definitely bought into the idea of Manchester and everything it stands…
15 September 2016
Since the vote for Brexit, large institutional investors have been re-evaluating their property funds and, according to the latest stats, there has been a shift away from commercial property into investments such as student property and hotels.   Investment levels in sectors such as student property, hotels and care homes have been up by 3% compared…
23 March 2017
Plans for the new UK Central Hub centred around the new HS2 station in Solihull are currently being set and are expected to create more than 77,000 jobs and add over £4 billion to the region’s economy. Leaders from both the business and public sectors have outlined a 20-year vision for the hub in Solihull which will include new homes, commercial…
21 March 2017
The much-anticipated £200 million revamp of the old Typhoo building in Digbeth is set to start next year. This will encompass the building itself, an area off Bordesley Street including Typhoo Wharf and the adjacent canal basin. A wide range of new bars, restaurants, office space, art studios and homes will be created as part of the redevelopment.…
28 February 2017
Today is pancake day and the team at Barrows and Forrester are already starting to salivate over the toppings they would like on their ideal pancake. The big question is – do you go savoury or do you go sweet? The consensus with the team is that sweet is the way to go. We asked Krishan Patel, Property Sales Consultant, what is preferred toppings…
21 February 2017
At Barrows and Forrester, we have steadily watched the growth of city centre living in Birmingham and the rising demand from young professionals and students. A new report by global investment consultancy JLL confirms our experience and they forecast that the increasing demand from young professionals, students and investors will drive the residential…
15 February 2017
At the recent Midlands’ Property Predictions event the mood for business in Birmingham was an upbeat one. Investment consultancy Jones Lang Lasalle said that the West Midlands was well placed to cope with the uncertainties brought about by Brexit and President Trump and, in fact, the city may stand to benefit from an export perspective, with…
9 February 2017
Birmingham is a well-established investment hotspot. Developments such as the new library – the biggest in Europe, the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street which is changing perceptions of people who arrive in the city, the huge redevelopment of Paradise Circus, the Prestigious £150 million Resorts World Birmingham development near the…
7 February 2017
Very often we are bombarded with gloom and doom stories about the UK’s construction industry but Birmingham is certainly bucking this trend. According to the 2017 Crane Survey, which measures the volume of development across central Birmingham, the city is experiencing the most construction work since the survey first started back in 2002. The…
17 January 2017
New research from StartUP Britain suggest Birmingham is outstripping rivals such as Manchester, Leeds and Glasgow to foster creation of new businesses. Data released by StartUp Britain, the national campaign by entrepreneurs, based on analysis of Companies House filings, shows that 17,473 new businesses were registered in Birmingham during 2016. This…
12 January 2017
Birmingham’s reputation as a world class city was done no harm at all by the recent news coming out of Birmingham Airport which has just enjoyed its busiest year to date and has also been earmarked as the most punctual airport on the planet! In 2016 over 11.6 million passengers passed through its terminal which is an increase of over 14% since…
10 January 2017
Many investors venturing into the property market for the first time are often confused as to whether they should be a hands-on or hands-off investor. As a hands-on investor, it basically means that you take responsibility for everything. This means that you need to find tenants, vet them, collect rents, deal with any maintenance issues/queries and…
29 December 2016
Okay, so you may have already read our pick of the top 10 bands in Manchester ( if you haven’t, then please click here) and, especially if you’re a Brummie, you might be thinking that Birmingham can certainly hold its own against anything Manchester has to offer! In the spirit of healthy competition, here is our pick of the top 10 bands…
16 November 2016
In these days of economic uncertainty, investors are increasingly looking for a safe bet and, as far as property is concerned, investment in PBSA ( Purpose-Built Student Accommodation ) fits this bill. Over the past couple of years’ investment in student property has soared, with institutional as well as individual investors (many from overseas)…
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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