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Property Investment & UK General Election 2019 – Preview

Property Investment & UK General Election 2019 – Preview As the UK heads to the polls, we preview where the main parties stand on key housing issues – and what property investors need to know. On Thursday 12th December 2019, the UK will hold a general election. For the second time in two and a half years, the British public will cast their vote... Read more »

Manchester City Centre Population Has Increased 185% in 15 Years

Market Street in Manchester city, busy with people shopping. The population of Manchester continues to rise.

The population of Manchester is also expected to rise to 600,000 in the next two years, as the city’s council outlines a range of economic statistics and projections in its annual State of the City report. Summary: Over 19,000 more people live in Manchester’s two most central city centre wards today compared with 2004 The… Read more »

Vita Student in £600 Million Institutional Sale

Exterior of Vita Student Edinburgh. This was one of the residences purchased by asset management fund DWS as part of a £600 million deal. The deal, struck with asset management fund DWS, underlines the strength of the UK’s leading PBSA brand, and is also a huge vote of confidence in the UK’s student property sector.   Vita Group, Select Property Group’s sister company, has completed the sale of eight Vita Student residences to asset management fund DWS Group for... Read more »

UK Student Property: Visa Reforms Reversed for International Students

Student graduation ceremony at a UK university. Overseas students are now permitted to remain in the UK for up to two years following the completion of their studies, with the new proposals praised for helping to support the development of the world's brightest talent and the positive impact on the UK economy.

Overseas students are now permitted to remain in the UK for up to two years following the completion of their studies, with the new proposals praised for helping to support the development of the world’s brightest talent and the positive impact on the UK economy.   Summary: The Home Office has reversed 2012 reforms to… Read more »

Manchester Once Again Ranked UK’s Number One City to Live In

Aerial view over Manchester city centre. Manchester has been rated as the UK's best city to live in on the 2019 Global Liveability Survey.

For another year, Manchester is the highest-ranking UK city on the Economist Intelligence Unit’s annual Global Liveability Survey, once more outperforming London. It underlines the continued demand to live and work in Manchester city centre. Summary: Manchester was 38th on the 2019 Global Liveability Survey, the highest-ranking city in the UK The worldwide research rates… Read more »

Investment in Manchester Commercial Property Continues to Rise

St Peters Square in Manchester, which has undegone significant commercial redevelopment in recent years. Manchester's commercial sector is booming - is this good news for residential property investors?

New record for office-take up in the city, while more commercial developments are proposed and others near completion. Here’s why this confidence is also good news for investors in Manchester’s residential property sector… Summary: Take-up of office space in Manchester in the first six months of 2019 reached its highest level for five years Plans… Read more »

Student Property Investment in Cardiff: Quality PBSA Needed Now

Cardiff Bay, Cardiff. New figures reveal the level of poor quality student accommodation in the city. PBSA is the strongest student property investment in Cardiff investors can make right now.

As new figures reveal the poor standard of student property currently available in Cardiff, should more high-quality purpose-built student accommodation be prioritised in a city with a rising number of international students? Summary: Electrical hazards and fire risks are among the many issues posed by student homes of multiple occupancy (HMOs) in Cardiff New figures… Read more »

117% Rise in People Moving into Manchester City Centre Apartments

Aerial shot overlooking Manchester city centre with good view of skyline

The city is “hugely appealing to younger generations” thanks to sustained economic and employment growth. Property investment in Manchester is focused on build-to-rent apartments in the city centre, driving yields and capital growth.   Summary: Manchester property continues to experience rising demand, particularly in the city centre residential market In July 2019 there was a… Read more »