Which UK City comes top for property investment this year ?

Posted by Graham Turrell on Sat, Apr 21, 2018 @ 09:38 AM

I am constantly researching the UK property market to identify areas of interest for investment. I thought you might like to take a look at the reports and statistics referenced below which firmly present Liverpool as the City in which to Invest, above Manchester and London.

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Private Finance’s latest buy-to-let hotspots analysis has revealed that Liverpool is the UK’s top performing city experiencing average rental yields of 6.2% once mortgage costs are taken into consideration. This is not something which is likely to blow over considering Liverpool have held this position since May 2017 whilst Greater Manchester averaged rental yields of 5.9%.

Reference - https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/liverpool-and-nottingham-revealed-as-the-best-location-for-rental-yields?source=newsticker

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Which City is Growing Faster?

Across England, Liverpool grew faster than Manchester and London in 2016. Liverpool’s economy grew faster than London, Manchester and any other major British city in 2015/2016, figures show.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Liverpool enjoyed an economic growth rate of 3.1%, faster than any similar major city region in the country.

Reference - https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/merseyside-economy-fastest-growing-uk-12328312


Liverpool has become the one to watch in 2018: “Liverpool was a strong contender in 2017 but 2018 will really be the year investors take note. Property prices are still low but creeping up slowly, so now is the time for investors to benefit from the strong capital growth predicted over the next 5 years. With the amount of investment being ploughed into the area, particularly the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters project and £1.8 billion into the Knowledge Quarter,  Liverpool is without a doubt a hotspot for investment.

If you have any questions or want to find out about the latest apartments we have available, please let me know.

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The strength of Buy To Let Student Property in the Northern Powerhouse

Posted by Graham Turrell on Thu, Apr 19, 2018 @ 11:17 AM

Appealing to students means appealing to buy to let investors. Investors will in turn enjoy greater rental returns, and being a part of a UK student property market that has demonstrated it can weather the toughest of times.

Consider Manchester

According the 2016-17 QS World University Rankings, Manchester is second only to Edinburgh and London as the UK’s most popular university destination. It ranked the city joint-23rd in the world with Barcelona, and most impressive of all, the University of Manchester 29th worldwide.

Manchester is home to a diverse range of famous attractions, including The Lowry theatre, the National Football Museum and the Manchester Art Gallery. The presence of the BBC, along with the UK’s fastest-growing startup scene at MediaCityUK, provides huge appeal to students looking to get ahead when they graduate. These are just some of the reasons why developers continue to invest in the city, and why the Manchester student buy to let market is one of the most competitive in the country.

… and Liverpool

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There is an estimated 54,000 students in Liverpool, making it one of the UK’s most popular places to study. Aside from an outstanding choice of universities, students choose the city for its vibrant social scene, low cost of living and rich cultural heritage.

Student accommodation is in particularly high demand in the Knowledge Quarter of Liverpool. The city’s academic district combines leading names from education, health, science and technology with some of the most famous attractions. It’s here that you’ll find the RIBA award-winning Everyman Theatre, the Liverpool Philharmonic, the historic Philharmonic pub and the city’s two cathedrals. As well as a host of great bars and restaurants.

Then there’s Bold Street, which may as well have been conceived with the city’s student population in mind. Lined with independent bars, restaurants and vintage stores, Bold Street offers a fitting contrast to the modern architecture and high-street brands of Liverpool ONE a few blocks down. In fact, wherever you go in Liverpool, culture and history are waiting to greet you. The Tate Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery, the Museum of Liverpool and the Beatles Story, all contribute to an environment in which students thrive, and the reason why demand for buy to let student accommodation in Liverpool is out-stripping supply.

A key part of HighGround's UK Student Property portfolio is Liverpool's One Islington Plaza in the Knowledge Quarter.

Find out more here:

One Islington Plaza Investment Handbook

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Here's something surprising - how has UK Student property been impacted by the BREXIT vote?

Posted by Graham Turrell on Tue, Apr 17, 2018 @ 07:23 PM

Rather than damage performance, as many analysts had forecast, the Brexit vote intensified activity in the UK student property market and demonstrated the resilience of the sector.

One-Islington-Plaza-internal-1A recent report by Savills also highlighted how the demand for student housing in the UK has outgrown supply. Analysts believe that the market will continue to be driven by bulk purchases, as investors seek to shore up their positions and acquire additional scale.

Appealing to the Far East

The UK’s student property market has become a global asset class, attracting billions in investment from some of the world’s richest individuals and sovereign wealth funds. Demand is so strong that it was standing-room only for some prospective buyers at a recent investment conference in London. One of the biggest overseas investors is Singapore-based fund Mapletree, which acquired over 6,000 beds last year.

In recent comments, Hiew Yoon Khong, Chief Executive of Mapletree provided insight as to why the asset class holds such appeal to overseas investors, telling reporters: “Student accommodation is a big business and relatively low risk.” According to Savills, the second largest source of capital into UK student housing in 2016 came from North America, with over £1.3bn worth of investment. The bulk of which came from two Canadian investors: Brookfield SRE and CPPIB.

Rising standards

As the student buy to let property market has grown exponentially, so the quality of the accommodation has risen. Nowadays student rooms are more akin to corporate apartments, with communal facilities to match. A key part of our portfolio at HighGround is One Islington Plaza in Liverpool, where flat-screen TVs and high-speed broadband come as standard in the rooms. A cinema room, gymnasium and games room provide students the chance to relax away from their studies, reflecting new standards that many now demand. Research from Knight Frank shows that over one-fifth of students are willing to pay more than £160 per week for the right facilities. New possibilities are being created within the market, as developers compete for the attention of an increasingly discerning client base. Overseas students, attracted by a more lifestyle-oriented academic environment, are a big part of the equation.

Appealing to students means appealing to buy to let investors, who will in turn enjoy greater rental returns, and a UK student property market that has demonstrated it can weather the toughest of times.

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How property entrepreneur Stephen Beech from humble beginnings is changing the face of central Manchester

Posted by Graham Turrell on Tue, Jan 23, 2018 @ 10:28 PM

If you're a follower of property investment in Manchester - the historic epicentre of the Britain's Northern Powerhouse, then this could be set to inspire you even further...

stephen-beech-portrait.jpgStephen Beech, the award-winning founder of Manchester property developer Beech Construction and Beech Holdings (Manchester), started as a forward-thinking landlord in the student district of Manchester and has grown to become one of the key players in the restoration and conversion of listed office buildings in the city centre.

These include conversion to high-spec apartment buildings serving a significant need and enhancing city centre living.

Beech was one of the first UK property developers to recognise the benefits of issuing a Property Bond to private investors to help scale the business and make the most of the many construction opportunities available to him in Manchester.

As a result, this property bond is one of the most established and succesful for both Stephen and his investors, as they share in the rewards of Beech's vision for Manchester and his determination to restore the heart of the city he loves.

 

So why not sit down, grab a coffee and be inspired by property entrepreneur Stephen Beech of Beech Holdings (Manchester) as he describes his vision for helping to breathe life back into historic but neglected city centre buildings.

 

 

To discover how to be a part of the Stephen Beech success story in Manchester and take part in  the benefits of the , download the Investors Guide today:

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[video] Revealed: the Secret of our Manchester property partners' success

Posted by Graham Turrell on Sat, Jul 15, 2017 @ 08:07 AM

 

Beech Holdings MEN Awards 2016.jpgAs you probably saw from our last post, award-winning Manchester property developer Stephen Beech and Beech Holdings now enjoy an enviable reputation as a developer and highly popular with tenants for quality residential lettings. 

If the short Beech Holdings video we posted got your interest, then sit down, grab a tea or coffee and dig a little deeper with the full version.

This all-new 17-minute video documentary explores all about the Beech Holdings story and the secrets of their outstanding success in Manchester... Chances are you'll be hooked in 30 seconds!

Inspiring? To find out more about Beech Holdings and the opportunities they offer to investors, grab your copy of their investor guide here:

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Watch out for further updates from us about Beech Holdings coming soon. 

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[report] An evening with our Manchester property partners

Posted by Graham Turrell on Wed, Jul 12, 2017 @ 10:45 AM

We were delighted to see a great turnout for our London seminar last Thursday. If you missed it, and the opportunity to hear our award winning partners Beech Holdings tell their success story, then read on...  

stephen-beech-portrait.jpgAs well as some great networking, attendees gathered to hear from award-winning Manchester property entrepreneur Stephen Beech (pictured) to tell us his story of starting from nothing and building a multi-million pound range of property businesses.

The Beech Group now enjoy an enviable reputation as a developer and highly popular with tenants for quality residential lettings.

For those that missed the opportunity on the night, here is a great introduction to the impact Beech Holdings are making on the Central Manchester property scene: 

 

Stephen's strong track record for successfully taking unloved office buildings in Manchester city centre and bringing them back to life as high-specification apartments aimed at young professionals, is opening progressively wider doors.

To find out more about Beech Holdings and the opportunities they offer to investors, grab your copy of their guide here:

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Watch out for further updates from us about Beech Holdings coming soon. 

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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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[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

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[Property insight] Reasons to be cheerful about property investment in Preston

Posted by Graham Turrell on Mon, Jan 30, 2017 @ 02:11 PM

Equipped with a competitive cost base and good location near to Manchester and Liverpool, Preston is the engine room of Lancashire’s economy and one of the largest local economies in the north of the UK.

Preston-2.jpgPreston has been reinventing itself since the year 1179 and continues to do so.

With the government’s economic strategy using cities to drive regional growth, it received an enormous boost to its economic growth aspirations with the recent announcement of the Preston, South Ribble and Lancashire City Deal:

  • £430 million directly invested into central Lancashire.

  • Expansion of transport and business infrastructure around Preston.
  • Creation of 20,000 new jobs and 17,000 new homes
stimulating a further £2.3 billion worth of local investment. 

Preparations have already begun to catalyse economic growth in Preston. The building blocks for further growth include:
  • BAE’s £12.4 million investment program at the Lancashire Enterprise Park. 
  • Lancashire Enterprise Zone – will attract 13,000 high value jobs and be one of the largest manufacturing hubs in Europe. 
  • European Social Fund training programme for 4,000 young local SME employees. 
  • Lancashire Growth Hub - a specialist business advice centre.
  • University's 36,000 strong community of students and professionals, contributing £300 million to the local economy annually.

Preston is all about economic growth through inward investment. And as the city's largest employer, the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is right at the heart of this, with a recently announced £200m investment including a brand new £30m Engineering Innovation Centre.

Property investment that leverages this growth is going to be of great interest to educated investors. 

Exciting times for Preston, and as the saying goes ... follow the money!

Here's a powerful way to take advantage of this growth, in the property asset class where demand continually outstrips supply...

Innovation House Preston Investment Prospectus

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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

 

 

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