Frustrated Property Investors: how to bank 40%+ and make the tenants someone else's problem

Posted by Graham Turrell on Tue, May 16, 2017 @ 12:00 PM

If you're someone on the look-out for intelligent, hands-free UK property opportunities, I believe this new investment has to be worth your serious consideration.

MDC027_Chester2_V03_Lobby_FINAL_JPEG_Small[2].jpgWith our rigorous selection process, I know we offer only the Best in Class student property investments. If you're considering hands-free student property then Northgate Studios in the beautiful English city of Chester is a truly exciting opportunity.

Placed in a fantastic student location, Northgate Studios is just a short walk away from the Chester city centre and the University campus. Its 150 luxury studios are fully-managed on your and the other owners' behalf, making this an easy ‘hands-off’ investment for you. 

Your key ownership benefits at Northgate Studios:

  • 40%+ Assured Net income over 5 years
  • 5% interest paid on all deposited funds
  • No stamp duty to pay
  • Perfect location for 100% occupancy
  • Hassle-free : full property management by a highly experienced student management company.

Why Northgate Studios and Chester?

Location. Location. Location:  in the historic walled city of Chester, successful planning permission for such developments is rare, ensuring that there will always be a strong student demand for your property. The first phase of this project has enjoyed 100% occupancy from opening, just as I expect to see at Northgate Studios.

This is a truly unmissable investment opportunity for investors, offering a superb 8% MINIMUM net rental income assured for 5 years, and 5% interest paid on deposited funds. 

Get your copy of our investor guide today...

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Tags: UK Investment, Student Accomodation

At last - commercial finance for student property - here's how

Posted by Graham Turrell on Sat, Apr 29, 2017 @ 03:41 PM

With the dreaded "Landlord Tax" now upon the UK, many more property investors have been considering Purpose Built Student Property which are exempt from the extra taxes. But those who like to gear up with mortgages have been disappointed that none is available. Until now.

PBSA_Studio_Interior.jpgStudent accommodation is still the most successful property asset class in the UK, but before today, investors have needed to pay for their investment outright. 

We've got Finance:

We can now offer 50% finance* on selected student developments, such as Preston's unique Innovation House development (see below). Now, investors can halve the investment capital they need to own a student suite "cash cow". Our FCA-regulated financiers are already helping investors to double their spending power in this way.

if you'd like to find out more, just drop a note in the comment box below with the word "finance" in it and I'll pop you an email showing how this groundbreaking product could work for you.

Innovation House Preston Investment Prospectus*Subject to Status

Tags: Student Accomodation, Innovation House

[Property Insight] The importance of being thorough

Posted by Graham Turrell on Wed, Feb 08, 2017 @ 02:23 PM

Purpose-built student accommodation can be a remarkably effective way to put your cash to very good use in property investment - all without the hassle of having to deal with the "tenants and toilets" of the buy-to-let world. But why should student hall  property investors speak to us first?

Innovation_House_Preston_Exterior.jpgWe're a bit different from many other companies in this field. Before we offer any development or investment to our buyers, we carry out our own extensive detailed research. Not just desktop research which seldom provides the essential full picture (although of course we do this as well)...

In the case of purpose-built student accommodation this includes the following:

  • Visit the site and the city, checking the location is completely right for the proposed student market.
  • Have discussions with the University about supply and demand from their perspective.
  • Interview the Student Management company appointed to run the student hall being offered for investment. The correct management company is crucial for the long-term success of an investment. We make sure this is the case before we approve.
  • Meet with the builders or their appointed representative for a thorough investigation of the development and their ability to deliver .
  • Speak with occupants living in existing private halls in the city for a "students' eye view" of living there, what they look for and what they'd like to see improved.

(This is not normal. After speaking to us, ask some other companies if they have done all this for the projects they offer and then ask for their full findings and you'll likely see what I mean).

We call this process part of our "Investment Engineering" system. It's all about seeking to apply rigourous engineering principles to transform the art of property investing into much more of a science. This means that for those projects we offer our investors, not only have we ticked all the necessary boxes, but we gain a deep expertise in the investment that we can share with our serious buyers to help them make a thoroughly informed decision. The goal is peace of mind of secure and sustainable returns on investment in the most popular property asset class in the UK today.

For example, our recent visit to Preston and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a case in point. Innovation House, the recently announced all-studio student hall is in the perfect location to benefit from the university's £200m investment programme, along with Preston's £400m regeneration initiative.

Discover more - download the Innovation House student investment guide today. You can then contact us for a friendly in-depth chat should you wish to find out more.


Innovation House Preston Investment Prospectus

Tags: UK Investment, Student Accomodation

New Launch Today - Superb UK Purpose-built Student Property with a big USP

Posted by Graham Turrell on Fri, Jan 27, 2017 @ 10:48 AM

We're delighted to announce today this brand new student property investment right on the main campus of the University of Central Lancaster. Welcome to Innovation House...

Innovation_House_Preston_Exterior.jpgThis newly-announced opportunity is available to investors from today and buyer demand is expected to be buoyant.

Why you may ask? For investors all the fundamentals are in place to ensure a secure investment in the most successful  property asset class in the UK for predictable hands-free income:

Developer track record - 35 years experience. 

Student demand - the only all-studio purpose-built student accommodation in the city of Preston. The size, design quality and location of Innovation House is set to ensure huge demand from students including those from the growing overseas student market with the desire for only quality self-contained studio living that the traditional "cluster flat" accommodation simply does not deliver.

Location - a major coup for Innovation House is that it's located on campus : quite a rarity for privately owned student property and a real pull for students who prefer the convenience and the feel of being close to all the university academic and social life that the campus offers.

Management - property owners need to be confident that their investment is looked after in the best possible way and know that occupancy will always be expected to be 100%. That's why one of the leading Student Management operators is on board to manage Innovation House perfectly for both students and investors.

All good news for property investors new to this asset class, and for experienced portfolio builders alike. Gross yields are confidently expected of 11%, and an 8% NET yield is contractually assured for the first 3 years. Our research shows that this should continue to be achieved or increased in the following years, making this an easy to own, income generating asset for the long term.

Discover more about Innovation House and the strength of the student property market. Download our handy guide to Innovation House today:

Innovation House Preston Investment Prospectus



Tags: UK Investment, Student Accomodation

Have your cake and eat it - Sheffield Student Property investment with a difference

Posted by Graham Turrell on Wed, Dec 07, 2016 @ 10:45 PM

Time to cut to the chase. If high-yielding student property investment is for you, this is a rare opportunity indeed.

There is an ever-growing list of great UK student investment success stories, and this niche asset class still remains the strongest performing in the UK.

Royal-Riverside-Exterior.jpgBut how many purpose build student property (or PBSA) investments offer you ALL these?:

  • 8% net rental yield assured for 5 years.

  • 5% interest earned during construction.

  • Fully-furnished.

  • Fully-managed by an experienced company.

  • Every student facility imaginable including concierge reception, gym and leisure facilities.

  • Preferential tax benefits associated with Purpose Build Student Accommodation asset class.
  • and uniquely ... a "Buy Back" option available to owners after 5 years at 115% of purchase price.

Sheffield city's high-specification Royal Riverside delivers all this. Assured returns, assured capital growth and hands-free - which means ownership from anywhere in the world is perfectly practical.

The Sheffield City Region is at the forefront of the UK's industrial and entrepreneurial development and was recently described by the Secretary of State as being 'at the heart' of Britain's continued economic growth.  With an economy bigger than some European countries, the Sheffield City Region is a significant financial power.  The area is home to almost 1.8 million people and has an output of more than £24.7 billion per year.

Ownership is available from just £64,500. Over 50% of available suites at Royal Riverside have already been sold so the time to research this opportunity is now, and we're here to help... 

To find out more about Royal Riverside download the full investor guide today:

Royal Riverside Sheffield Investment Prospectus


Tags: UK Investment, Student Accomodation, Sheffield Property

[news] Report reveals facts and hotspots for UK student property

Posted by Graham Turrell on Mon, Jul 11, 2016 @ 08:40 PM

STUDENTS-INDOORS.jpgPurpose built Student Accommodation (PBSA)  in the UK remains an incredibly popular asset class for a whole host of reasons.

When it comes to looking for reliable growth and passive income through property, fully-managed student property is hard to beat. 


Here are 9 fascinating facts about student property!

Did you know that ...

  1. It's Big Business. In 2015, a massive £5.1b's worth of PBSA transactions took place - the largest yearly figure ever.
  2. It's Popular. Just over 49,000 PBSA beds were bought and sold last year.
  3. The Big Boys are playing. Nearly half of these were bought by institutions, including major pension funds such as Aviva and BlackRock.
  4. If a certain brewery built property, it would be this. PBSA has again outperformed all traditional property classes.
  5. Students are in love. PBSA is more popular with students than ever before, and this is set to continue
  6. It can be T.A.X Friendly. Most Purpose-built student property is exempted by HMRC from capital gains tax (but seek professional tax advice to confirm for your situation)
  7. More buyers love second-hand. With increasing yields (average rent in 2015 was up by 3.64% - well above inflation), the resale secondary market is becoming lucrative. Some buyers are prepared to pay a premium for PBSA blocks with years of trading history.
  8. It's still growing. Growth is set to continue, with growth outside London expected to be greatest.
  9. There's a "Brexit Bonus". With a lower £ following the Brexit decision, the overseas student market could be set to enjoy another further boost in the medium term. PBSA is even more popular with non-UK students so demand could see another further shift from traditional privately let shared houses (HMO) and university-owned accommodation. 

If large institutions such as Aviva are buying PBSA for their managed funds, it may be worth considering taking a leaf out of their book? Especially when individual student suites can be owned for less than a deposit on some city centre apartments.

Discover more facts and figures in the latest PBSA report from Knight-Frank, including some expected PBSA UK hotspots.

To get your complimentary copy, just click the link below. 

Download Student Property Market Review 2016

What do you think of the report contents? Post your thoughts below, we'd love to discuss!

Tags: News, Student Accomodation

[news] Latest site visit to Northgate Point Student Property Develeopment in Chester

Posted by Graham Turrell on Sun, Mar 13, 2016 @ 10:37 PM

Whereas many property brokers just pass on marketing material from property developers, we like to literally go the extra mile.


northgate-point-11-march-2016.jpgSeeing is believing - and our student development, Northgate Point in Chester was well worth the visit last week. We did this to satisfy ourselves that our investors should take a closer look. We are convinced they should. Find out why...

The view on the ground can be very different so we make a point of visiting sites to check progress, location and demand, and meet the key players in the development and running.

We do this to ensure our investors get the best possible deals available. Northgate Point in Chester is a superbly located purpose built student hall under construction, and here's why we think it has a very great deal to offer our investors...

Graham's on-site introduction:


Location and demand is crucial for a successful student development. As Chester is a beautiful historic city, availabilty of good locations near the city centre and the university are rare indeed. Northgate Point is literally a 2 minute walk from university buildings and just 5 minutes from the cultural city centre. Demand from students for Northgate Point is going to be very strong indeed when it opens for the 2016 academic year.

The developer has an excellent reputation for spotting great student locations, and the first of its two student halls in Leicester, which opened last year have full occupancy, and it is expected that rents will be rising this coming academic year. Great news for our investors there!

If anything, Northgate Point is an even better proposition, and I have no hesitation in recommending to any UK property investor looking for excellent rental yields consider this opportunity now whilst some availability still remains.

And as this is commercial property, George Osborne's 3% second home Stamp Duty Surcharge does not apply here!

Discover much more about this remarkable income-generating powerhouse of a property investment. Download our guide today - just click the image below.

northgate point brochure download

If you have any questions or would like to discuss more about this opportunity and my recent visit, get in touch and I'll be delighted to have a chat (07942 818 606)

Tags: UK Investment, Property Investment, Student Accomodation

A Rocket is launched in Stockton-on-Tees!

Posted by Graham Turrell on Sat, Mar 05, 2016 @ 09:30 AM

A new Student Property Development, The Rocket, has been announced for the historic Stockton-on-tees, serving the prestigious University of Durham. This new development is named after one of the town's most famous exports, courtesy of George Stephenson, the world's first commercial steam railway.

When its stacks up well, we love Passive Income Through Property. Student Accomodation is the classic example of a successful income generator: It's smart property investment with the retruns that landlords demand but without the hassle of being a landlord...

The-Rocket-Front-Night.jpgPlaced in a fantastic student location, The Rocket purpose-built student accomodation is just 50 yards away from the World’s Top 100 Durham University’s Queen’s Campus. Its 218 luxury studios are fully managed on your behalf, making The Rocket an easy ‘hands-off’ investment. 

For investors, this is a truly unmissable investment opportunity offering an impressive 10% Net rental yield guaranteed for 3 years and 5% interest paid on all deposited funds.

Investment Highlights :

  • Furnished luxury Studio Apartments
  • 10% Assured Net returns for 3 years
  • 5% interest paid on deposited funds
  • Fantastic student location
  • Full property management

Due to the increasing demand for purpose built student accommodation in Stockton, the level of interest received for this development is already high. With prices starting at just £64,995 we anticipate units to sell very quickly.

Enquire today and be one of the first to grab this exciting opportunity to invest in a growing UK town,

Download The Rocket Investor Prospectus


Tags: Student Accomodation

Student Accommodation Market - latest figures

Posted by Graham Turrell on Sat, Feb 20, 2016 @ 08:57 PM

The student accommodation market has changed noticeably in recent years, and it is now more thriving than ever.

students-chester-university.jpgWith universities struggling to accommodate the rise in UK student numbers and purpose-built student accommodation housing only a small proportion of these students, the specialist student property market offers opportunities for considerable growth and investment.

According to recent research by Bilfinger GVA, in the year to September 2015 more than 40,000 beds were sold for a total of £4.3bn, £1bn more than the previous three years combined. A very positive result, which is expected to continue throughout 2016.

The ever increasing student numbers in the UK provide a stable platform for the sector. The same Bilfinger GVA report shows that the number of applications for places at UK universities increased by 2.1% in September 2015, compared with the previous year, and the number of acceptances rose by 2.5%.

Moreover, non-UK students keep increasing year on year, and are now accounting for 19% of the overall student population - an amazing rise 36.8%of over the decade.

At HighGround we continually research the student property market and only offer our investors the "best of breed" at any point in time. One fine example of this today is Northgate Point in Chester, catering for the University of Central Lancaster (UCLan) in northern England.

Net yields of 8% p/a are secured for investors for 5 years and Northgate Point is already under construction and complete for September 2016. Location is crucial particularly in the student sector and this development is ideally located within walking distance of university campus and city centre.

Find out more about owning property at Northgate Point and Student Property investment in general by downloading our latest guide:

northgate point brochure download


Tags: UK Investment, Student Accomodation

Student Property with a difference...

Posted by Graham Turrell on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 @ 02:00 PM

It is often reported, and rightly so, that Student Property Investment is the best performing asset class in the UK. But for ordinary investors there is almost too much choice.

There have been many different student property developments promoted over the last few recent years, some frankly far better than others. How to choose the safest and most suitable opportunity?

graduation-day-hatsAt HighGround we apply painstaking and rigourous testing of every investment we offer our customers, in a way unlike any other. The nature of our business is that our first priority is to delight our clients and have them come back to us again and again as they build their portfolios.

The experiences (both good and bad!) we've gained over the years in both business and in property, teaches us to not rush in but do all the reserach and due diligence we need until we are completely satisfied. Only then will we consider offering a property investment to the lifeblood of our business, the clients. We'll only shout when we have something to shout about!

So we didn't rush into the Student Property market right away. We watched, we observed, we learned. And now, we're ready and our clients get all the benefits of our analysis, reserach and conclusions in the Student property arena.

I personally own purpose built student property so I know what I'm talking about. I bought before it was fashionable and it has served me well, not least in being able to provide guidance to clients from personal experience.

Here's an excellent example of one of the very few student properties that have passed our tests. Leighton Hall is not new-build. Uniquely, it has been in successful operation for 10 years, and has delivered consisently with nearly 100% occupancy over its entire life. It also has possibly the lowest entry level in the market today, making it the ideal option for investors especially those considering purpose built student property for the first time.

For an introduction to Leighton Hall, download the guide here:

northgate point brochure download

Tags: Student Accomodation