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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…
27 June 2016
Now that the EU Referendum vote has come and gone and we know that the country has decided to ‘leave’ we have been asked on numerous occasions what we think will be the most resilient property investment asset to get involved with. Our simple answer to that is student property.   Whilst Brexit is certain to have an impact on visa requirements…
28 July 2017
There’s lots of fab events taking place in Birmingham during 2017. From painted bear trails and world class athletics to fantastic outdoor cultural performances and roaming dinosaurs! There’s something for everybody and if you’re at a loose end with the kids over the summer holidays, there’s plenty to keep you all entertained.…
24 July 2017
Top tips for first time buyers (if you’re still living at home) With over 25% of British people who are aged 50 plus still having grown-up children living at home, the prospect of buying a home for the first time can seem unattainable. Getting together a deposit and the funds needed for your first home is definitely daunting but with a bit of…
4 July 2017
The number of start-up businesses in Birmingham has grown by 25% over the last 12 months, according to the annual report from Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP. This makes the region the fastest growing in the country with the regional economy being bolstered by 4.7% by all this extra activity. The annual report reveals that 18,600 private sector…
26 May 2017
A new report from financial services company EY has revealed that the West Midlands secured a record 111 overseas direct investment projects in 2016, with over 50% coming from the manufacturing sector. The majority of investment in the West Midlands came from Europe, with 61 projects coming from European countries. On the whole, FDI in the West Midlands…
15 May 2017
Birmingham is positioning itself in pole position for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The city’s bid to host the games has now been officially backed by the wider region and the new West Midlands Mayor Andy Street. Commenting on the bid, Andy Street said: “Everyone agreed that we have to support the Birmingham bid. It will be Birmingham’s…
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.…
28 July 2017
All these things will put off your buyers… The housing market is so competitive at the moment so it’s vitally important that you do everything you can to avoid putting off buyers. Here is a list of the top things that put buyers off so if you can address these things, it will put you in a much better position: Lack of kerb appeal –…
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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