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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…
30 August 2016
There are over 2 million students in the UK and nearly 400,000 are from overseas. Currently there are only 524,000 purpose-built student rooms available so the demand for student property is massive. Student numbers in the UK have increased by 50% over the last 10 years. The vast majority of overseas students in the UK come from non EU countries so…
15 August 2016
It has long been believed that the development of our universities is key to the future growth and economic development of our cities. At a recent event sponsored by Morgan Sindall and held at the Manchester Metropolitan School of Art, the whole debate of how Manchester’s universities can play a pivotal role in the success of the city was debated…
28 July 2016
When you invest in PBSA (purpose-built student accommodation) you will derive your returns through rental income and the potential for capital growth when you decide to sell. Currently there are some developers who offer guaranteed yields of 7 to 9% for the first five years and, whilst this is very attractive, it pays to do your due diligence to ensure…
19 July 2016
Let us introduce you to Pembroke Studios - a prestigious new student development located in the heart of Liverpool. Consisting of 94 new build self-contained studios it will offer its discerning student tenants luxury living quarters that are conducive to studying together with high specification onsite communal amenities which will allow for the socialising…
19 July 2016
Pembroke Studios is a prestigious new student development located in the heart of the learning centre of Liverpool. Consisting of 94 new build self-contained studios it will offer its discerning student tenants luxury living quarters that are conducive to studying together with high specification onsite communal amenities which will allow for the socialising…
13 July 2016
Investing in repossessed properties can be an excellent way of getting a good return, but like any venture into the property investment market, you need to know what you’re doing if you want to avoid getting your fingers burned. What may seem an absolute bargain at the auction may turn into a money pit if you’re not careful so here are some things…
12 July 2016
When large institutional investors invest in an asset you know that it must be a pretty safe bet and that’s why student property stands out as such an attractive opportunity. Over the last 12 months, billions of pounds have been invested in the PBSA (purpose-built student accommodation) sector and these investments have been made by huge Canadian…
5 April 2017
Plans are in place for a major Birmingham city centre regeneration project which could potentially house around 10,000 people once completed. The 23-storey tower will form part of a new four-building office complex next door to the prestigious Mailbox shopping development. The 4.1 acre site, which is undergoing wholesale regeneration, has already seen…
29 March 2017
The largest ever Qatar-UK delegation are in Birmingham this week to discuss various projects and investment opportunities in the city.   Trade Secretary Liam Fox together with senior government officials from Qatar will be at the ICC where investment projects across sport, healthcare and cyber-security will be on the agenda. It is hoped that this…
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…
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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