China’s Love Affair With Manchester

China Property Investment in Manchester

Manchester has been compared to Melbourne, the world’s ‘most liveable city’, according to the Chairman of Far East Consortium International, David Chiu Tat-cheong. No surprises, then, that China property investment in Manchester is set to explode…

Chiu has had significant success with his property investments in Melbourne, and has now got Manchester in his sights!

“The situation with Manchester is close to that when we first decided to invest in Melbourne 17 years ago,” says Chiu. Sydney used to be the prime territory for investment in Australia, but over time, the discrepancy in population and house prices has narrowed substantially, with Melbourne coming out on top as the best city in the world in which to live.

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Our Great Reputation Fuels China Property Investment in Manchester

Manchester attracts thousands of overseas students, year after year. The city’s reputation as an international pool of talent, and its investment input from successive governments, have gone some way to establishing it as the city with the highest rental yields in Britain.

Manchester’s rental population is booming, and the prices in both home and land are relatively low compared with London. And with the pound at its lowest for three decades, it’s no wonder that China’s leading investors are seeing the potential here.

Even in the face of Brexit, China is still fixated upon the UK property market. This might have something to do with President Xi Jinping’s visit to the city last year, combined with the UK’s positive relationship with the Chinese market. That’s not to mention all the further investment that the city can expect to receive from China as a result of its strong market fundamentals!

As Chancellor Philip Hammond has stated, “our trade relationship with China is more important than ever.” That is certainly the case for Manchester, where we are welcoming this promising interest.

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China Property Investment in Manchester Is Down To Our Success As A City!

As our city continues to thrive and grow, in both property and talent, we are pleased to be compared so positively with Melbourne. It’s just another sure sign of even greater things to come for the Northern Powerhouse!

Why Foreign and Domestic Investors Love Manchester

It’s no secret that the Manchester property market is the centre of attention for property investors both here and abroad. In fact, it’s all across the news. Perhaps that’s part of what’s driving this attention: more and more investors are wising up to the possibility of great ROI in the heart of the Northern Powerhouse.

Money From Abroad Fuels Manchester Property Market

There is no signs that the flood of cash flowing into the Manchester property market, nor the city’s economy at large, is likely to slow any time soon. Manchester is now the largest economic area outside London: £56bn of gross value added. Germany alone is set to spend £200m in the city before the year is out, fuelled in no small part by the drop in the value of the pound against the euro.

Nonetheless, it’s not just Brexit that’s got Germany investing in Manchester. The Amazon distribution hub, a 280,000 square foot are at Manchester City Airport, was purchased for £35m by German investors Hansainvest, for instance.

So, why Manchester? Well, there’s all the rabid regeneration that’s transforming the city in so many ways. But it’s also the state of London’s property market.

Manchester’s Winning Property Prices

Knight Frank have recently released research findings demonstrating that London’s property prices are now so stupendously high, they’re starting to hit an affordability ceiling that threatens to smother the capital’s market altogether. As such, investors are looking elsewhere, and Manchester is where they’re feasting their eyes.

It’s a city that’s experiencing the strongest house price growth of any city in the UK. It’s been voted the most liveable city in the UK by the Economist Intelligence Unit’s Global Liveability Scale. Its student population is the largest in the UK, with student accommodating offering excellent ROI.

Student Property in Manchester

Student property is one of the investments tipped to be unshaken by Brexit. Demand for purpose-built units for this demographic are in chronic undersupply, meaning any rental development of this kind will be snapped up without hesitation by student tenants. The King’s Court development on Hyde Road, for example, offers a huge 8% net income guaranteed over five years: no development risk (as it’s already developed), and immediate income up for grabs.

The Manchester Property Market Rules, OK?

We’ve covered the subject of the Manchester property market boom, and corresponding regeneration, almost weekly over the last few months. And believe us, it’s not just because of our vested interest in the city: this is simply news that’s completely dominating the property investment space.

Compounding evidence that Manchester is pretty much the best place to invest in the UK right now is everywhere, with property experts across the board extolling the virtues of the Northern Powerhouse, and its strong potential for excellent returns for those willing to place their money here.

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