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8 March 2016
There is no doubt that the student property market in the UK is one of the most buoyant investment classes around. The fact that it attracted around $6.5 billion of investment in 2015 which is more than double the investment in the US is testament to this.   This is the first time the UK has outperformed the US in student housing investment which…
15 December 2015
According to the HCU International Unit, UK universities enjoy some of the highest levels of international student satisfaction in the world. 91% of international students staying in the UK state that they are satisfied and underpinning this is the quality of education they are receiving and the high standards of the purpose-built student accommodation…
8 December 2015
Arrears With traditional buy-to-lets, a third of landlords have experienced rent arrears at some point. According to the National Landlords Association, the average unpaid rent amounts to £1,649. With student property this is far less likely to happen. Most UK-based students will have their rent paid directly by parents, with many making block…
8 December 2015
Chester has seen a huge 164% rise in property demand over the last 12 months – the highest in the country. There are numerous reasons for this. Chester has recently been voted as the ‘best place to live in the UK’ by the UK Hot Housing Index which is drawn up by location specialists CACI and when you measure factors such as employment…
8 December 2015
The student housing investment market in the UK is enjoying record levels of growth and is set to hit a record £5.7 billion by the end of 2015. Here are the top 10 facts about why investors are choosing student property.   1. The rise in student numbers is a worldwide trend where growth has increased from 98 million in 2000 to 165 million…
8 December 2015
In the first three quarters of 2015, investment in the UK student housing market hit record levels and exceeded US investment for the very first time.   According to international real estate advisors Savills, the UK has seen investment of $6.5 billion dollars which has more than doubled the $3 billion which has been invested in the US over the…
8 December 2015
Student property is booming. Over the last couple of years it has become the UK’s number 1 performing asset class and by the end of 2015 it is forecasted that there will be £5.7 billion of investment in the sector.   So why is student property such an attractive proposition?   The reasons for this are fairly simple. For investors,…
24 November 2015
longer on the fringes when it comes to building a property portfolio. With record levels of investment in student property, PBSA (Purpose-Built Student Accommodation)   The latest Spotlight World Student Housing report from Savills has indicated that record levels of investment has propelled student housing into the mainstream. Until recently,…
17 November 2015
Have you ever had your fingers burned with a property development?  Have you had long periods of void tenancy and still had to pay the mortgage? The property industry is littered with stories about inexperienced property developers who have bitten off more than they can chew and not made the money they hoped on their property investments. If you…
17 November 2015
Savvy investors are increasingly turning to PBSA (purpose-built student accommodation) investment because it represents a hassle-free, hands-off opportunity with guaranteed returns. Because the properties are already furnished and there’s a management company already in place to look after tenancies and maintenance etc then it allows you as an…
5 November 2015
A few years ago the idea of investing off-plan would put a lot of first time investors off but the landscape of the UK property market has changed so significantly in recent years that investing off-plan has become commonplace.   The wide range of new builds and purpose built student accommodation that are shooting up purely for rental purposes…
4 November 2015
The resounding success of the Primus Place student property development in Leicester is a prime example of the opportunities that exist in PBSA investments. Now completed and finished to a high standard, Primus Place is 100% occupied and has over 100 people on the waiting list.   Primus Place has been such a fantastic success for a variety of…
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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