Head to Manchester for the UK's new £50bn property asset?

  Britain's rental market is on the brink of change ─ and it’s the north-west city that holds the greatest opportunity for property investors. There’s one city currently on the lips of UK property investors more than any other. Manchester is already firmly established as the most popular investment location in Britain right now. It’s home to the highest average yields and a population that’s grown by three times the national average over the last 10 years. But the level of investment that’s already been made barely scratches the surface of what Manchester needs. The city has one of the lowest levels of housing supply anywhere in the country, despite the huge growth in the number of people that now call Manchester home. One demographic in particular has felt the pinch more than any other. Manchester’s population already has a high density of young people, and it’s estimated that 89% of...
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This Week in Property podcast with Julie

I was delighted to be interviewed recently by the lovely Billy Farrell and Paul McFadden. They run the "This week in property"  and "The Better Business Show' podcasts. It was a real pleasure to talk to Billy and Paul as I've known them for a long time.  The highlights that Billy and Paul have referenced are: Highlights from 014: Julie Hanson Interview, Just Do Property Julie’s story of stumbling from personal development into network marketing into property…   Why Julie would have gotten involved sooner, and why others should heed the same advice…   Why Julie and Alec launched JustDoProperty.co.uk, after seeing what was missing to support new investors…   Why Julie believes now is the time for educated investors to take advantage of market shifts and clean up…   The two most important elements to property success…   Julie’s views on what’s going on in the world of property today,...
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New Manchester Development Seeks Buy-to-Let Investment

In the busy urban market of Manchester, demand for rented properties is high and this has made it a popular destination for domestic and international buy-to-let investors. Now Grove House, a new development of modern apartments in a prime residential area, is seeking property investors and aims to soak up some of the citys excess demand. Grove House is an existing building, but with a commercial rather than residential past. Nonetheless, it is located on an excellent site in a popular residential area – Old Trafford – making it a prime choice for residential use. Now, with the help of funds from buy-to-let investors pre-purchasing apartments, it is set to undergo a conversion, and be transformed from the commercial complex that currently stands to a modern, high-quality apartment complex. The finished development will contain a mixture of one- and two-bedroom properties aimed at young professionals and small families. Investors are...
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Is Student Property Investment a Risky Option?

Student property has thoroughly shed its former status as a niche investment. In the early stages of this year total investment value in the sector is expected to hit the £2 billion mark, according to a recent Aspen Woolf report. Investors are being drawn into student property largely by high returns. Last year, returns averaged 13.7%, well ahead of the average buy-to-let property, so it is not hard to see the allure.
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Gross mortgage lending steady in September says CML

There is growing evidence that mortgage lending activity, and the housing market, are sitting on a plateau.
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Free tickets to the Northern Homebuilding & Renovating Show

The Northern Homebuilding & Renovating and Home Improvement Show – an exciting event now for both self-builders and remodelers Harrogate International Centre, 7-9 November 2014.
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Why Invest in Central Europe?

For many UK based property investors, buying abroad means two things rather than one. The location of the property is half of the reason many of us choose to invest overseas. The second, of course, is the expected return for the investment. In many cases, the decision to invest is made when the two elements combine. Put another way, many British investors opt for a second home in the sun which provides a bolt-hole and a growth opportunity
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3 Things to Consider when Investing in International Property

The recent boom in the global property market has been hard to ignore, and despite several warnings by economists it shows little sign of abating. Even with the UK market on the verge of forming a bubble, there are a number of international locations in Europe and beyond offering potential growth and huge financial returns to real estate investors. If you are new to the market and hoping to invest in overseas property, however, you will need adopt a clearly defined strategy and plan your activity prior to taking the plunge.
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New report finds that students make the best tenants

As a landlord or letting agent, there are many factors to consider when renting a property, including finding your ideal tenants. On first glance students may not be your first choice, but new findings by utilities and service provider for students, Glide, and Accommodation for Students, found that students are in fact the most desirable tenants.
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The Dos and Donts of Applying for an Extension

Many property investors purchase properties with the expressed intention of doing them up to sell on. A big part of the ‘fixer-upper’ process is determining whether or not it’s possible – and affordable – to increase the size of the home. This can be achieved in one of two ways; by adding an extension, or by converting existing space such as a loft.
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The Autumn Statement

We have been waiting with interest to see what George Osborne was going to say in his Autumn Statement today. Opening remarks The Chancellor says Britains economic plan is working but the job is not done, we need to secure the economy for the long terms and the biggest risk to that comes from those that would abandon the plan. He says We need a plan where we dont pretend we can make things better by writing cheques to ourselves. Forecasts show the growth is up, but growth in productivity is still too low, business taxes are still too high and exports are still too low.
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The growth of generation rent

Anyone who likes to keep up to date with developments in the private rental sector (PRS) will no doubt be familiar with the phrase generation rent. This term has become commonplace in the industry in recent times and essentially refers to the growing number of young people who are living in rented accommodation rather than buying their own home.
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CAPITAL CITIES - THE NEXT BIG THING IN OVERSEAS PROPERTY

Capital cities are the rising stars of luxury residential real estate, offering promising investment prospects for those investing in overseas property in 2014”, predicts Laura Henderson, editor of essential guide to luxury resort property, Abode2.com.
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Free tickets to The National Home Improvement Show 27-29 September

Just Do Property have negotiated with the organisers of the National Home Improvement Show and have 20 sets of free tickets to give away.
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What makes Mayfair so attractive to buyers?

      London is a world-renowned business hub, and many of the citys upmarket boroughs are ideal bases for businesspeople and their families looking to be centrally-located. One such area is Mayfair, an attractive district located in the heart of Westminster.   You might be more familiar with Mayfair as the most sought-after plot on the Monopoly board, so its likely to be little surprise to discover the area is equally in demand in real life. The former village underwent large-scale development during the 17th and 18th centuries, when it became a fashionable district.   Now, Mayfair has a well-established commercial element, also retaining pockets of residential land that remains highly desirable. If youve got a penchant for elegant properties, upmarket settings and luxury amenities, you could find Mayfair is an ideal base for your business and home life. Keep reading to find out more about what makes the area...
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Michael Holmes, broadcaster and self build expert, explains how to save up to 50 per cent on your self-build costs

The latest Government announcement that new home building has fallen below the 100,000 mark in England (with under 8,000 built in Yorkshire and the Humber) indicates further problems for people looking to buy properties.  What’s more, recent taxes such as the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) on new developments and self-build is also discouraging those who would like to go it alone, according to Homebuilding & Renovating magazine. However, Michael Holmes, editor of the magazine and spokesperson for The National Homebuilding and Renovating Show, believes that building your own home is still the best option as careful management of your self-build budget can save up to 50 per cent on your build costs and help you put a foot on the property ladder. Here he gives his top tips:  Top tips on how to save up to 50 per cent on your build cost 1)      ‘Concentrate on the basics when it...
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Ex-dragon targets property sector growth

-PROPERTY AND CONSTRUCTION PROFESSIONAL BILL PHELPS JOINS JAMES CAAN TO HELP STIMULATE GROWTH IN THE SECTOR -PROPERTY PROFESSIONAL AND SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR TEAM TARGET SMEs AS THE FUTURE  OF ECONOMIC GROWTH Chartered surveyor, successful property manager, reputable construction consultant, and now partner to James Caan. Bill Phelps joins Hamilton Bradshaw Venture Partners, James Caan’s advisory and consultancy agency—assisting business owners in rapidly growing and realising the value of their companies. The firm acknowledges Bill’s expertise in property and construction and will support him as he advises SMEs in these sectors. The sector clearly needs it, as the Office of National Statistics  recently reported shockingly little growth in property— with the Home Price Index increasing by a mere 1.4 per cent over the period in the 12 months to April 2012. Even more worrying for businesses in the industry: “the total volume of construction output in April 2012 is estimated to have...
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Top ten things to watch out for when applying for planning permission

“Applying for planning permission can be a daunting experience, but it needn’t be that way if some thought is put into potential pitfalls that can be avoided,” says Michael Holmes, spokesperson for The Southern Homebuilding & Renovating Show (30 June – 1 July 2012, Sandown Park, Surrey).
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Protecting Your Property In 2012

The New Year 2012 brings fresh opportunities for property owners to spend the year making the most of their homes or other premises; it also means considering the development of new defences against potential hazards. Owning property is a major commitment and, for most people, owning their own home is the single most important investment they will make in their lifetime. Given that fact, it makes sense to protect that vital investment against all potential hazards.
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Will government plans to tackle the lack of affordable housing be enough?

The government has unveiled big new plans to get the housing sector back on track. A lack of affordable housing paired with a lack of substantial and sustained building and development has created a shortfall in availability whilst demand grows year on year. Under the plans, approximately 450,000 new homes will be built by 2015 and a great deal of these will be affordable housing. The plans aim to lend a much needed boost to an industry that has fallen to its lowest completion rate for decades, with investments and financial support for new schemes in the private and social housing sectors. New home project A £400m initial investment to build up to 16,000 new homes on previously stalled projects is earmarked to start by July 2012, but only 20% of this new stock will qualify as affordable housing. With up to 1.8 million households sitting on the waiting list...
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