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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Investing in Wilmslow

The town of Wilmslow is situated within the prestigious Golden Triangle of Cheshire towns and villages. Along with Prestbury, Alderley Edge, Hale, Altrincham and Bowdon, properties in Wilmslow are highly sought after, and some of the highest priced in the UK, outside of London.

Other than being a favourite of footballers and celebrities, there are many other factors that make Wilmslow a prime property hotspot. The main factor is its ideal location, but the benefits of living in Wilmslow are numerous.

Wilmslow Transport Network

Wilmslow is situated just three miles from Manchester Airport, and ten miles south of Manchester city centre. This makes it an excellent location for commuters to the city, and for those working at the airport, which is currently undergoing massive regeneration, creating many new jobs.

Of course, Wilmslow’s closeness to Manchester Airport is also attractive to those who travel internationally for work and pleasure.

Transport will play a major role to anybody considering Wilmslow to set up home. Most commuters into the city rely on public transport, particularly rail services. Wilmslow railway station is situated 12 miles south of Manchester Piccadilly station, on the Crewe to Manchester line, as little as 15 minutes away.

Manchester airport, too, is just minutes away by train. Bus routes are well served for easy access to surrounding towns and villages, however there is little point taking the bus into the city when the rail service is so quick.

Its proximity to the vibrant city of Manchester is a major draw, but Wilmslow is also set within stunning English countryside, offering residents the best of both worlds: combined city and country life.

Countryside Living in Wilmslow

There are beautiful countryside walks to be enjoyed all along the River Bollin, running from the centre of Wilmslow itself to Twinnies Bridge. There’s the chance to wander through picturesque parkland, footpaths and woodland trails, home to a profusion of rare flora and fauna.

Wilmslow is also home to a wonderful Artisan Market, selling local and ethically-sourced produce. This runs on every third Saturday of the month in the heart of town.

Education in Wilmslow

Wilmslow is well-served in terms of schools, both at primary and secondary level. The private sector, in particular, thrives in the area, which is little surprise given the affluence of the area. Nonetheless, the state sector is extremely well catered for, with many schools gaining ‘Very Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ OFSTED reports.

Wilmslow Healthcare

For healthcare, there’s the Wilmslow Health Centre as the local GP practice, which also serves nearby Handforth, as well as Alderley Edge and Prestbury. Those looking for private medical treatment look to 52 Alderley Road, a modern private hospital right in the main road out of town.

Wilmslow Rental Market

Data gathered in July 2016 finds that a one-bedroom property in Wilmslow rents for an average of £929 a month, whilst two beds average £1,072.

Wilmslow Rental Market (July 2016) | The House Crowd

Rental properties appeal strongly to the young professional market, those mainly between 26 and 34, often known as Generation Rent. These tenants look for high quality, contemporary apartments within walking distance of Wilmslow town proper, as well as that all-important railway station.

Who Buys In Wilmslow?

Other than the high end of the market, where houses sell for often in excess of £10,000,000, Wilmslow is also popular with young professionals and families. The most highly sought-after commodity in Wilmslow is the three bed semi, with many going for well over the asking price.

Wilmslow Property Market (July 2016) | The House Crowd

However, with increasing employment opportunities in Wilmslow, the town is now attracting a steady stream of young professionals, both single adults and couples, who are drawn to the town, not just for all the above reasons, but also to work with some of the town’s desirable employers.

For those from this demographic wishing to buy, the typical price for two bed apartments is generally around the £250,000 mark.

Employment in Wilmslow

Alderley Edge BioHub

One of the biggest employers currently emerging in Wilmslow is the BioHub at Alderley Park. The hub, created by the BioCity Group, exists to support the growth of successful life science companies. 86,000sq ft of state-of-the-art, world-class labs and commercial office space, filled with emerging pharmaceutical, biotech and life science companies is, of course, a major space for employment of professionals, not just from the sciences, but also office and support staff, Directors, and so on.

Handforth Dean Business Park and Retail Park

Adjacent to the A34 (Wilmslow Road), Handforth Dean is one of the newest office developments in South Manchester. Just across from the Business Park is the highly anticipated Handforth Dean Retail Park, which is on course to open its doors imminently. As well as providing leisure and shopping facilities that local residents are pretty excited about, the shopping centre will also, of course, create a swathe of new jobs.

Imperium Games

Just off Church Street is the international games development studio, Cloud Imperium. Employing a range of professionals in different roles: animation, art, audio, design, engineering, marketing, production, QA, support and UI, it’s a very exciting place for young professionals to work.

TT Games

Another gaming company, TT Games is situated in Emerson Court on the Alderley Road. Its titles are principally for younger gamers, and feature a lot of the Lego brand games. Again, there are many opportunities for digital artists, animators and programmers here at this high profile, BAFTA-winning company.


An award-winning IT recruitment specialist, Venturi is another high profile employer in Wilmslow, on both sides. Recruiting IT specialists to lucrative roles in the local area, as well as within its in-house staff, Venturi is another string to the Wilmslow employment opportunities bow.

As the influx of residents into Manchester and Cheshire continues to grow, as a result of vast regeneration across the Northern Powerhouse, we expect to see demand grow even higher across the region.

Whether you’re planning to invest in Wilmslow’s rental sector, or as a development project, it’s absolutely a seller’s market in Wilmslow right now. Having a property in the town is a pretty exciting investment at the moment: it’s a great time to invest in Wilmslow.

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Property News Round-up 16/12/15

Property News – All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to another fortnightly edition of our property news round-up. As usual we take a look at an array of stories from the property industry, today we look at Yorkshire and the Northern Powerhouse to looking at some Christmas decorated homes (just don’t let Dave come round and put your decorations up – you’ll see why!), if you’ve been extremely busy like ourselves, they’ll hopefully give you some inspiration for when you do finally get round to putting your Christmas lights up!


Yorkshire Earns Its Place In The Northern Powerhouse

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In the past year the north of England has had a 30 per cent increase in construction and whilst Manchester and both Liverpool dominate, Yorkshire and Humberside are catching up with their north western rivals.

George Osborne’s Northern Powerhouse vision to give major northern cities their very own powers when it comes to planning, housing, transport, and policing, deals have already been discussed and agreed upon for Greater Manchester, Sheffield, and the North East.

However, when it comes to property, many analysts have stated that Yorkshire property growth is linked to simply supplying the housing that people want. Government schemes such as Help To Buy is one major factor that is helping to flourish “Gods Own County” when it comes to property, particularly for families who are starting out.

The county has definitely attracted people from the south, particularly from the capital, end of the day it’s no secret that you get more for your money up north compared with what you would get in the south. As the Examiner mention, the cash you part with for a two-bedroom flat in west London would get you a 10 bedroom, Grade II listed, detached house with three acres of land in Lindley, Huddersfield.

In addition, the vibrant and beautiful Yorkshire countryside and huge investment opportunities in retail, technology, and research plus its rich culture (which we mentioned about in a previous blog post).

With all these factors you can see why Yorkshire has become a crowded marketplace as it continues to compete with Manchester and Liverpool and this one reason why we have had quite a few projects in the region. If you are interested in Yorkshire, feel free to download our South Yorkshire guide.


Top Of The League – Manchester A Top Choice For Investors

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Since 2010 no other place in the country has generated higher yields for property investors than the north-west city. (Select Property, December 2015).

Investors have gained annual average returns of 6.02%, compared to just 4.79% in London according to data which was generated from lending firm LendInvest.

2015 has been a great year for the city as it has cemented its place as the Northern Powerhouse leader to being named as the UK’s number one city for property investment by HSBC.

Last month a survey which was conducted by accounting firm RSM found that the north-west is the second highest UK region for overseas investment. With a vast amount of investment being poured into the Northern Powerhouse leader as well as having a huge demand for rented spaces, investors have been quick to snap up assets in the city ahead of a predicted growth curve.


Is The London Property Market Going To Crash?

London Property Crash

So what’s happening in the capital? To cut a long story short there’s simply too much supply and not enough demand. According to The Independent,  in the last financial quarter alone, 6,000 new apartments were finished, each costing more than £600,000. Currently there are 41,000 homes and flats under construction or being topped out in London priced at north of £1m.

People without children want to live in apartments, these include the  first buyers, buy-to-let investors, and people who’s main home is not in the capital. First-time buyers are therefore being prices out as they simply can’t afford a mortgage or afford to pay a deposit on a house.

In addition, foreign purchases from wealthy Russians and Chinese buyers has started to trickle. Vladimir Putin has put a crackdown on Russian citizens that hold cash overseas meaning that there has been less Russian buyers in London recently. Moving further east, China is also having a corruption purge as mentioned in The Independent.

So what does this all mean for the London property market? According to one property expert, it will take just one single developer not to sell, won’t be able to cover costs, and that’s when the crack will start to happen. He mentions that will be enough to send shockwaves through the market, and bring prices crashing down.

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Average Property Price Increases to £20,000 in 2015

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Figures from Rightmove show that the average selling price for a home in December was £289,452, an increase of around £20,000 from the average house price a year ago. (Which, December, 2015).

The property portal mentioned that the seasonal 1.1% dip in property prices this month is the lowest December fall they have seen since 2006.

They have predicted that prices will reach new records next year and expects new seller asking prices to rise by 6% as the demand in excess of suitable supply continues.

As a result of prices remaining high in London, highly-skilled workers may look for other options and move to more affordable cities such as Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Leeds.


Decorated Christmas Homes – Let it Glow Let it Glow Let it Glow!

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If you’re like me and leave your Christmas decorations to the last minute and if you are a big fan of Christmas lights you might want to take a look at some of the most Christmas decorated homes in the UK.

If you’re looking at decking up your front with fairy lights we think the 9th example is quite a good one to go for. If you like to go nuts with your lights and Christmas decorations how about the first example?

We’d love to see your creativity, feel free to tweet us your decorated home @TheHouseCrowd.

I hope you can do a better job than me! This is what it would look like if I was left in charge…

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Property News Round-up 18/11/15

Property News – All The Latest Updates

Hi guys and welcome to our fortnightly property news round-up. Not only has it been a busy week in our office here in Hale with a vast amount of projects that we have undertaken, but it has also been a busy couple of weeks in the property world from more talk in the press about the Northern Powerhouse to property shortages driving up prices.


A Brief Insight Into The Northern Powerhouse


We’ve all heard about the Northern Powerhouse a term that we have heard a lot of in the property industry in particular.

Manchester has a high level of demand from the likes of both students and working professionals and having a buoyant rental market has definitely contributed to its success so far.

On the other side of the Pennines, in Sheffield and the Humber Region they have seen investor numbers increase as more people leave southern cities such as London and Cambridge because of a low property stock and rocketing prices. Like Manchester, Yorkshire appeals to many who are looking to relocate. If you are one of those people and are looking for an alternative we recommend reading our Manchester guides (North and Central) and also our South Yorkshire guide.

It seems that a major factor for the Northern Powerhouse to progress is down to infrastructure. It’s fair to say that investing in transport in Manchester has helped the city out massively; for example, the redevelopment of Victoria Station will allow 700 more trains a day through the city by 2019. In addition, Manchester Airport’s first direct flight to mainland China was announced during China’s Prime Minister Xi Jinping visited last month and also comes after a £1 billion expansion plan.

Transport infrastructure is without a doubt going to be a game changer for the city and its future, one source who works in the property industry has stressed that for Manchester to be in the centre of the Northern Powerhouse it needs houses that are worthy of that position.

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Culture Club : Living Near A UNESCO Site, A Yorkshire Case Study

UNESCO Yorkshire

Staying in the north for our next property story, did you know that living near a UNESCO can command a premium of almost £80,000 (You do now!) and those living in “God’s Own County” and are near to its cultural assets can pick up a bargain.

Probably not so much if you live ‘down sarf’, properties that are near to Westminster can reach up to £1,715,292! Luckily in Yorkshire you won’t have that kind of dizzy price tag. In West Yorkshire, Saltaire, a village near to Bradford which was awarded its status as an “exceptionally complete and well-preserved industrial village of the second half of the 19th century,” is the fourth cheapest Unesco area, with the average house price at £155,868. (Yorkshire Post, November 2015)

In addition, property close to Fountains Abbey costs under £300,000. Northern cities such as Bradford and Liverpool are appealing to many because it gives potential investors and buyers to be part of a city that has shaped not only British culture but the world over. So much so we have been involved in a project in Bradford, you can read all about our Woolston Warehouse project here.

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Property Shortages Driving up Prices

Property shortages

Research from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) shows that across the UK 10% more members saw a fall in instructions by home sellers than a rise. (Guardian, November 2015). However, their research saw a rise in inquiries from would-be buyers.

Property experts have mentioned that potential sellers are being put off by high costs during the moving process and also that there are a shortage of possible places to move is another factor that is deterring people from putting their home up for sale.

In the capital where property prices rose last year, surveyors were less likely to report prices as mentioned in Rics’ research. Furthermore, they mentioned that  their members in every region except London and the east Midlands had seen a pick-up in the number of sales agreed in October.

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First-Time Buyers Waiting For Someone To Die So They Can Get On The Property Ladder – Our Research For This Is Money


Two weeks ago in our previous property news blog post we covered a story on Hotel of Mum and Dad – A Fifth of Adults Live at Home with Parents.

Our research indicated some eye-opening results, we found out that 23 per cent of under 30s won’t become homeowners until they inherit money for a deposit. In addition, more than a third of those surveyed, 36 per cent, said they felt they would have to rent forever.

More than half of those surveyed stated that they simply couldn’t afford a deposit and blamed rising house prices and more than a third mentioned that they were not able to afford mortgage repayments.

Our very own head honcho Frazer Fearnhead mentioned in the This Is Money article that “The situation for the younger generation appears to be getting worse, and it’s concerning that so many feel resigned to the fact that they will never be able to invest in property.”

Frazer recommends that if the under-30s look beyond conventional routes to property investment they are alternative ways to make that first step onto the property ladder. One example comes from a young investor, Samuel Hucklebridge who graduated from the University of York with an economics degree who has invested in various projects with us, you can read more about him on our case studies page.

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How Much Did This Dilapidated Shed In Peckham Sell For?

Peckham Shed

Just for a bit of fun can you have a guess how much this dilapidated shed in Peckham sold for? The run down Peckham property has been neglected for thirteen years.

The post-war shed was in such bad condition that it will have to be demolished, however, this did not put buyers off as it had quite a large number of people of were interested even though it was to be sold without planning permission and redevelopment.

The dilapidated shed was previously owned by Southwark council and comes with 0.6 acres of land.


How Much Did This Dilapidated Shed In Peckham Sell For?

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