Luton “a top destination for entrepreneurial investors”

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Luton has been named among the UK’s best destinations for entrepreneurial activities, with investors now flocking to the area. According to the fifth annual UK Vitality Index report from property consultancy Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), Luton now stands 15th in the UK for its support of entrepreneurial endeavours – a stunning rise through the rankings from 30th position last year. LSH cited the considerable rise in new businesses opening across the Bedfordshire town as a significant indicator of the growing appetite for investment in Luton. At the same time, the ongoing expansion of Luton Airport is further helping to bolster investor confidence in the local area. Overall, the £110 million expansion of the airport is predicted to create an additional 10,000 jobs for Luton by the end of the decade, with a 50 per cent increase in capacity for the facility and an associated uplift in travellers passing through the area to boost the local economy. LSH also stated its belief that Luton is now showing the first signs of a positive response to being granted official Enterprise Zone status in 2015. This combination of factors is therefore helping to drive positive investor sentiment around Luton at present. Lloyd Spencer, head of office for LSH Milton Keynes and Luton, told Insider Media: “It’s great news to see Luton ranking in The Vitality Index’s Most Entrepreneurial list … and is testament to the inward investment that it is attracting, as well as the commitment to improving the local economy.” Achieving first position in LSH’s rankings this year was Cambridge, but arguably one of the headline-grabbing features of the report has been the growth in entrepreneurial activities across the north of England. Manchester in particular has fared extremely well during recent months, now rising to third in the overall LSH rankings due […]

Experience Invest Blog: UK residential property represents significant investor potential

UK residential property represents significant investor potential

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  In the latest Experience Invest blog post, we report on the news that new figures have highlighted a considerable uptick in the value of the UK’s housing stock during recent months and years, showcasing the considerable scope for investor gains that the country continues to provide. Data analysed by UK estate agent Savills and reported by the Financial Times has revealed the overall value of UK housing has risen by more than one-third during the last decade, and now stands in excess of £7.14 trillion. Last year was the first time since records began that total housing value in the UK breached the £7 trillion mark. It also means that, for the first time ever, the combined value of property within the nation’s residential housing sector is now ten times that of the government’s total income. These are certainly some impressive statistics and highlight the fact that significant gains continue to be witnessed for investors in UK residential property. Across the nation, Savills’ data showed that London has led the way in terms of major value increases during recent years, but that said, significant rises have been witnessed in other areas of the UK, most notably in the north-west of England, Scotland and both the West and East Midlands. Despite a slow start to the last ten years – as the impact of the global economic downturn saw UK housing values fall between 2008 and 2012 – from 2013 onwards the UK has registered six consecutive years of strong value growth, with 80 per cent of the total value increase coming from existing housing stock. Furthermore, Savills predicts this is a trend that is unlikely to end anytime soon. A combination of factors, including ongoing constraint in the supply of new homes in many parts of the country and […]

Opto Student Newcastle

First look at Opto Student Newcastle from Experience Invest

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Over the last 7 years, Experience Invest has been at the forefront of the UK’s purpose-built student property investment sector. The company’s foresight, and business model, has created a blueprint for individual investors to secure high yielding rental returns from a fully managed property in the UK’s best performing asset class. Opto Student Newcastle Opto Student Newcastle is the latest student property investment designed and created by Experience Invest. The purpose-built development is located in Newcastle’s popular quayside area and is just a short walk from two world-renowned universities. The high specification building comprises 207 self-contained studio suites and an array of highly desirable facilities including a gym, games room, laundry room, a cinema and meeting room, 24/7 CCTV, on-site management and a reception, plus a courtyard that links the main building to a separate two storey outhouse. The outhouse has been designed to enhance the student experience and is the perfect size for the management company, Opto Living, to host events throughout the academic year. The ground floor will contain two spacious dining rooms that will have access to a large modern kitchen. The top floor will have an open plan events space complete with a permanent DJ both, comfortable seating and access to a rooftop terrace that will have views of the River Tyne. Prime location for student property investment Newcastle has been pinpointed by the Experience Invest team as a prime location for purpose-built student property. The city has a student population of roughly 50,000 students and, with applications to the University of Newcastle and Northumbria University continually rising, there is a high demand for student housing in the city to cater to increasing student numbers. Commenting on fundamental factors surrounding the investment, Jerald Solis, Business Development and Acquisitions Director, Experience Invest commented, “There is a high […]

Experience Invest company checks construction in UK property market

Experience Invest company checks construction in UK property market

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Experience Invest Company Checks House building is a crucial cog in the machine that is the UK property market. In this article, London-based property specialist Experience Invest company checks the state of the UK’s construction industry. Whether it’s the owner occupier sector or the private rented market, making sure that there are enough homes to meet demand is vital in ensuring that prices are not too high and that property is affordable to the average tenant or owner. The prevailing political uncertainty that is currently in evidence across the UK is making it far more difficult for the building sector to keep up with demand. Despite the government’s promises to build 200,000 more homes every year until 2021, the hung parliament and concerns over Brexit are still causing the sector to stutter somewhat. It’s the latter of these that is perhaps most problematic to the construction market. Building companies faced with the Brexit outcome are worried about a number of pressures on their operations, including both the costs for labour if movement across the EU is restricted, and the cost of materials in a less open marketplace. According to the latest Markit/Cips purchasing managers’ index, released earlier this month, uncertainty in the political sector is causing companies to be more cautious in the building sector, taking on fewer workers as they wait to see the outcomes from the widespread changes. The index shows a figure of 51.1 for August this year, down from 51.9 in July. While this still indicates growth, which is a good sign, (50 indicates stagnation), the fact that growth is so marginal will be a concern for the sector as whole. In fact, the reading for August marks a one-year low in terms of growth. As a result, experts are starting to worry that the market […]

Experience Invest reviews the student property market investment potential

Experience Invest reviews the student property market investment potential

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Experience Invest reviews Ever since UCAS started to report marked rises in the numbers of both foreign and domestic students securing places at British universities back in 2011, demand from investors for student accommodation has been growing in a big way. The market has seen repeated years of investment in excess of £3 billion, and two that even topped £5 billion, ripping away the notion that the asset class is still the niche option that it once was. However, after years of growth like this, investors would be forgiven for thinking that perhaps the growth of the market is set to slow down. But this is not the case. Repeated improvements in universities, coupled with consistent intake levels and a lack of institutions’ ability to meet demand for accommodation means that the market is still improving. Places like Liverpool and Manchester are prime examples of this. The markets in these northern cities are still expanding, and with more than 150,000 students spread across numerous universities in these areas, demand is prevailing. Developers have seen demand across this area alone rise by nearly 40 per cent in the last 12 months, and in addition to the 24,000 new homes built nationwide for students for the start of the new academic year, there are also already 15,000 new homes under construction across the country for the academic year starting in September 2018. Investment from overseas is also starting to grow, with the spread of investors now moving wider and wider. In the past year alone, demand has almost doubled, and the Middle East, Singapore and other areas of the Far East are starting to see more investors flowing into the UK property market. So, what’s the reason for this happening? It’s pretty simple; student demand. It’s not simply the level of demand […]

Upbeat UK Residential Construction Activity Continues

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It’s been a positive year so far for the UK’s residential construction sector and June rounded off a pleasing first half for home building. Although there are concerns over the UK’s economic future, due to an unsettled political backdrop and the likely lengthy Brexit negotiations, confidence remains upbeat as activity and new orders grow. “The monthly Construction Purchasing Manager’s Index from data specialists Markit, paints a healthy picture of the UK’s residential construction sector,” said Proskips. “It’s a closely followed and reliable indicator of activity, so confirmation that the first half of 2017 has been a good one for home-builders, is welcome news.” Strong Residential Construction The monthly construction PMI slipped to a balance of 54.8 in June, from May’s 56.0. While that shows the pace of growth in the construction sector was a little slower in June than in May, a figure above 50 represents sectoral expansion, which means things are still positive. The data also showed that new orders and activity for residential construction were both the second strongest since the record high in December 201. The reason for the slowdown in the pace of growth in the sector wasn’t due to residential construction – it expanded for a 10th straight month. No, the reason for the slowdown was down to a lack of new orders in the commercial and civil engineering sectors. Much more than the residential housing sector, the commercial and civil engineering fields were hit by election and Brexit-related nerves. This culminated in a number of projects nearing completion and fewer new jobs to fill the upcoming voids. “With strong support from the Government, residential construction remains a driver of property construction activity in the UK and looks set to do so for some time to come,” said Denhan Guaranteed Rent. “The need for international […]

Visit Experience Invest at Cityscape Global Dubai

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Experience Invest will be exhibiting its latest high yielding UK property investments at the Cityscape Global Dubai show between 11 – 13 September. Cityscape Global is one of the world’s leading property exhibitions, with exhibitors showcasing the best new property offerings from across the globe. This year will mark Experience Invest’s first appearance at the show. Visitors can meet the team on Stand 4D30 and ask any questions they may have about investing in the UK. With 13 years of experience, Experience Invest is one of the UK’s most established property investment companies.  The team will present two ground-breaking developments in Liverpool which offer investors assured rental returns from a fully managed asset. Located in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter, Aura is a high-end student development that will generate an 8% NET return per annum for a 5-year assured period. Designed with students in mind, Aura is the closest new-build development to the prestigious University of Liverpool. In addition, Experience Invest will also showcase Infinity; three iconic residential towers. Soaring 27, 33 and 39 storeys high, Infinity will deliver 6.5% NET per annum for a 3-year period and will become a new, waterfront beacon of the city. Both investments are fully managed by a leading agent and will provide overseas investors with a passive income from UK property. Investors can access exclusive show offers and receive expert advice throughout the duration of the show.   Exclusive Investor Seminar Following on from our appearance at Cityscape exhibition in Dubai we will be holding an exclusive Seminar at the Downtown Palace Hotel. Attendees will have the opportunity to listen to expert advice on the UK buy-to-let market, regional hotspots and guidance on how to build the most effective property portfolio. Email if you would like to book your place on this informative seminar […]

Aura student development liverpool

New microsite launched to showcase Aura student accommodation investment

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Experience Invest has launched a new microsite that showcases Aura – our highest yielding student property investment located in Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter. From investment news, project highlights, detailed interactive maps and a full image gallery, the microsite showcases the Aura student accommodation investment. Explore the microsite of Aura student development Liverpool… Student property investment Liverpool Liverpool has emerged as one of the best places to invest in student accommodation. With a shortfall of 21,900 managed beds, the student accommodation investment market in Liverpool is booming. In recent years, student numbers in the city have increased to almost 60,000 and this number is forecast to rise in the upcoming academic year. 60% of people who move to Liverpool look to stay in student accommodation and there is ample space for the city’s student accommodation investment market to grow. Liverpool has a very attractive market for this type of asset class and there is a fair few student accommodation investment opportunities available however, not all student developments offer stable returns.   Aura Student Development, Liverpool Student accommodation investment yields are some of the highest in the property market when compared to traditional buy-to-let options. Aura contains a selection of luxury en-suite student bedrooms (sometimes referred to as student pods) which, upon completion, will deliver an 8.5% NET return per annum for an assured 5-year period. Designed with the competitive nature of the market in mind, this luxury student accommodation investment contains a whole host of onsite amenities that will appeal to the student market year after year. The inclusion of high-speed internet and Wi-Fi, large social areas containing comfortable seating, pool tables and entertainment, a fully equipped gym and yoga space, on-site laundry facilities, large meeting/study areas, 24/7 CCTV and an on-site management team, will all help to make the development stand […]

Leeds property

Location focus: Top places in the UK to invest in rental properties

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When it comes to cities that have become cornerstones of the UK’s private rented sector, and its growth in popularity over the last few years. One of the stars of the Northern Powerhouse, West Yorkshire’s largest city has welcomed a wave of new investment and new demand from both students and young professionals over the last few years, which has helped swell the rented market, and welcomed far more investment than ever before.  In the last few years, new developments towards the south of the city centre, including around the docks and canal, have seen swathes of new young professionals coming to the trendy parts of Leeds, while the northern end towards Headingley has helped to welcome more and more students to new purpose-built properties. But why has Leeds become such a fantastic place to invest in a relatively short space of time for the buy-to-let market? Experience Invest takes a look at just a few reasons why the city has experienced such a fantastic boost. New business The north has been the real hub of growth for young businesses in new sectors over the past few years, and nowhere is this more true than in Leeds. The city has seen thousands of startup companies call it home in recent times, particularly in sectors such as legal, digital and marketing. Whenever new sectors come to a city in this way, it can provide a real boost for property demand. New business types means a need for different skills than previously required in the city, and this can facilitate more people moving to the area to populate new jobs. In turn, this swells demand for rental property, and makes the city a fantastic place for people to invest. Student numbers Leeds is home to two main universities – Leeds Beckett and […]

More investment needed in the property market

More investment needed in the property market as rental homes fall in number

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A greater level of investment could be needed to help bolster an already strong private rented sector across the UK. Despite continued high levels of demand from tenants across all the UK’s major cities, new reports show a decline in available stock over the last few years. This could open the door for all new ways of investing in the rental market, with the sector likely to benefit from further activity in the Build to Rent branch of property, where stock is built specifically with the rental sector in mind. Build to Rent gives the private market the chance to build on a larger scale than other property types, bringing more new homes to market in a shorter space of time than we have seen in the past. The drop in available rental stock will come as something of a surprise, given how well the sector has performed for investors over the past decade or so, as well as how many people now choose to rent rather than owning their own property. But according to a study carried out by, in the period between July 2011 and June 2017, there has been a drop of some 11.6 per cent in available rental homes. Some areas of the UK are worse hit than others, with the report stating that in Scotland, there has been a fall amounting to some 34.7 per cent, but the fact that there has been such a substantial drop in stock across the nation on average will be cause for concern for the rented sector. Wales also saw a marked drop in the number of properties being available for rent, and while there were smaller declines across England, the fact remains that seven of the 11 regions across the UK did experience falling stock levels over […]