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22 June 2016
With one day to go before the big EU Referendum vote we have been asked on a number of occasions what we think will be the most resilient property investment asset to get involved with. Our simple answer to that is student property.   Should the UK vote for Brexit tomorrow, then student property is likely to weather the storm better than other…
14 June 2016
Analysts from CBRE are forecasting that should the UK vote for Brexit in a couple of weeks’ time, then student property is likely to weather the storm better than other property investments.   Whilst Brexit would be certain to have an impact on visa requirements and push fees up for EU students, it is the students from outside of the EU,…
7 June 2016
Despite the hike in stamp duty, it has been revealed in recent research that over a third of student property investors intend to grow their portfolios in 2016 by acquiring more student properties.   The research, which was carried out by The Mistoria Group, reveals that 10% of student property landlords state that their HMOs have enabled them…
7 June 2016
According to a recent survey of more than 7,000 students on the StudentCom. Network, 3 out of 4 students would prefer access to Facebook rather than access to a car! That shows how students see access to technology and social media as a fundamental requirement in their lives.   75% of students in the survey rated Wi-Fi and access to the internet…
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,…
20 April 2017
Birmingham Airport broke through the 12 million passenger mark for the first time recently. On Easter Monday the record was hit when 12.004, 124 passengers were recorded travelling over the last 12 months. This represents a 14.3% increase in passenger numbers year on year over the rolling 12-month period. The airport has recorded an impressive 25 months…
10 April 2017
Birmingham is fast becoming the leading UK film location outside London. With Steven Spielberg recently filming scenes from his forthcoming blockbuster Ready Player One on Floodgate Street in the Jewellery Quarter, the city is seen as a highly cost effective alternative to the capital. Whether for film locations, production offices or a base for suppliers,…
6 April 2017
New figures from Marketing Birmingham have revealed that the city enjoyed a record number of visitors in 2016 with numbers reaching 39 million. This has resulted in tourism revenue for Birmingham hitting an all-time high of £6.5 billion. The number of visitors represent a 2.5% increase on 2015 and it is now estimated that the number of full-time…
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.…
21 March 2017
Recent research from TheHouseShop.com, one of the UK’s leading online property advertising platforms, has revealed that nearly 20% of respondents to a survey about investment asset classes were still confident about the buy-to-let market. This is the case despite numerous new regulations introduced by the government and upcoming tax changes.…
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…
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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