Four UK property investment hotspots set for success in 2019

Four UK property investment hotspots set for success in 2019

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UK property investors are somewhat spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting the right destination for their next purchase. The days of the market being driven and dominated by London are over, with regional locations now providing just as many – if not more – opportunities to secure profitable investments.   The capital continues to offer great potential, of course, but buyers who want access to the widest possible range of prospects should also be looking to regions such as the north-west and north-east, as well as London’s commuter belt.   Here are four particular locations worth considering in 2019…   Manchester   One of the cities at the forefront of northern England’s steady regeneration in recent years, Manchester offers a lot of potential for property investors seeking strong capital growth and reliable rental yields.   The LendInvest Buy-to-Let Index for November 2018 showed rental yields of 5.29 per cent in Manchester, while Hometrack’s latest UK Cities House Price Index revealed year-on-year price growth of 5.8 per cent.   According to research conducted by Experience Invest, 33 per cent of investors are thinking about buying in Manchester in 2019, putting the city just behind London (35 per cent).   Liverpool   Manchester’s north-western neighbour, Liverpool could be an even more attractive option for investors seeking healthy capital growth, with Hometrack data showing that house prices in the city rose by 6.3 per cent in the year to December 2018. Despite this, Liverpool had the lowest average price (£121,900) of any of the 20 cities surveyed, suggesting there are some bargains to be had.   A quarter (25 per cent) of investors surveyed by Experience Invest said they were considering a purchase in Liverpool this year, making it the third most attractive location for UK property investment.   One of […]

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 Home.co.uk, 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 […]

Government announces new preferred HS2 northern map which could boost the economy

Government announces new preferred HS2 northern map which could boost the economy

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The government has announced the release of a new preferred route for the high-speed HS2 rail link that takes the north into account, with the transport secretary promising that the new plans will boost the economy by billions when the HS2 link opens. High-speed rail links High-speed links to the north are important for the future planning of the north of England, particularly in Northern Powerhouse cities such as Leeds, Manchester and Sheffield, all of which will have new stations on the HS2 line, according to the government. The introduction of HS2 to these cities is likely to improve their attractiveness to companies across the country as places that are fantastic to do business in, largely thanks to their newfound ease of access and the relatively low cost of operation in the north as opposed to further south. And this could have a knock-on effect on the future investment plans of those looking to put their money into residential investment property.   Boosting the local economy There may not be high-speed trains passing through for a number of years to come yet, but the fact that more businesses, and by extension more skilled professionals, will be moving there as a result means that the north could be a good place to invest in off-plan properties for the rental market with a long-term outlook. The transport secretary Chris Grayling has revealed that HS2 Phase Two will see routes open between Manchester and Crewe, and Leeds and the West Midlands, opening the high-speed network to most of the north by the end of Phase Two, which will begin operating trains around 2033 if all remains on plan. Reducing travel times Mr Grayling said in the preferred routes plan that a number of new HS2 stations will be constructed at Manchester Piccadilly, Manchester […]

British investment in student accommodation market mirrors performance seen across the world

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The UK investment in student accommodation has been growing for some time, and this is a well known fact in the UK. Growth in demand has meant a need for private sector accommodation to pick up the slack when universities themselves have not got the ability to house all of their students. It has meant that there has been almost £12 billion of investment in student accommodation between 2013 and 2015 alone. This activity in the sector, pushed forward by demand from students, has helped the student property market move from a place in which it was seen as a niche asset into a position of power, where it is now viewed as one of the most thriving investment options around. But this is not a trend exclusive to the UK, as a new report from Savills has revealed. Savills’ 12 Cities: Visitor Cities report looks at the major settlements across the world and how and why people either live or rent there, and it found that across the world, a swell in foreign students in particular has meant purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) becoming a mainstream asset class. Drivers for growth Savills said that the main reason we’ve seen investment in student accommodation demand rise across the entire world in the last few years is that demand has climbed in that time. A “rapid growth in enrolment” globally over the past four years has meant more and more students needing places to live, and the property market has responded positively, with investors keen to step in to fill the gap as required. The driver behind this, the organisation said, is the global financial crisis. When it seemed like there may be fewer jobs around thanks to the drop in economic performance worldwide, more people who would have previously went […]

Could these passive income ideas earn you money?

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Welcome back to the Experience Invest blog where we discuss what has been going on in the UK’s property market. Today we will be looking at passive income ideas. What is a ‘passive income’? A true passive income means no regular work, just a regular income. This means that instead of working a 9 until 5 job every Monday to Friday, a person could receive an income without leaving their home. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? However, it is achievable. Many people aspire to generate a passive income so they can walk down the desirable path of financial freedom. For our latest blog post, the Experience Invest team has been thinking about other passive income ideas. From mobile apps to vending machines, from selling items on eBay to selling stock photos, we have come up with a range of passive income ideas. However, if setting up an online business or becoming an affiliate marketing machine isn’t quite what you are looking for, you may be happy to hear that there is still money to be made from the UK’s property market. Check out our inforgraphic for some passive income ideas (feel free to share it if you like it)… Can you generate a passive income from property? With the recent Stamp Duty Tax changes on second properties and buy-to-let investment now in place, landlords and investors may have had to consider the performance of their property portfolio. As purpose-built student property is exempt from the new stamp duty levy, many investors have looked towards this market to boost their income. Download our new Q2 2016 Student Accommodation Investment Guide to find out more information about how you can generate a passive income from property. The property experts in the Experience Invest team have been featured in wide […]

Birmingham Named UK’s Best Property Investment Hotspot: Experience Invest

Birmingham Named UK’s Best Property Investment Hotspot

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You’ve reached the Experience Invest blog, where we work hard to let you know the latest UK residential and commercial property sector news. Today, we can reveal that new data suggests Birmingham has now displaced London to become the UK’s best property investment hotspot, while the north pf England’s market is booming. Moving away from London Traditionally, investors tend to flock to the London property sector. The city’s thriving economy has allowed it to develop the biggest real estate market in Europe, but analysis conducted by property website Rightmove in 2015 showed it might be getting too large. High demand for London residential property, coupled with cheap mortgages and a lack of accessible homes, could end up driving average house prices in the UK capital past the £1 million mark. Rightmove suggested that this has caused potential property investors to migrate ‘Up North.’ Our investment property expert, Dale Anderson, explained to business new site Huddled that buy-to-let and student investments are booming in northern cities right now. Anderson believes Manchester is arguably the best place in the North to invest. He explains: “East and North Manchester have good rental yields and good low price properties,” and describes the Manchester market as being “ideally placed for more development, which is set to happen in the next few years.” London slips down the rankings The latest ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate Report’ from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI) shows that London is no longer the best UK city for property investment. PwC and ULI collected interviews with more than 500 developers, investors and property managers across Europe to compile the report, which is designed to predict future European property market trends. London has consistently ranked as one of the top ten best cities in Europe for property investment every […]