Neighbourhood Watch: Whitechapel, London

Neighbourhood Watch: Whitechapel, London

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Whitechapel Whitechapel is a vibrant, multicultural district in the East End of London, with many traditional pubs and curry houses. The lively Whitechapel Market, is a focal point for Asian food, discount fashion, and homewares. The cobblestone alleys here are the setting for guided walks about the 1800s Jack the Ripper murders, while the trendy

Neighbourhood Watch: Whitechapel, London

Whitechapel

Whitechapel is a vibrant, multicultural district in the East End of London, with many traditional pubs and curry houses. The lively Whitechapel Market, is a focal point for Asian food, discount fashion, and homewares. The cobblestone alleys here are the setting for guided walks about the 1800s Jack the Ripper murders, while the trendy Whitechapel Gallery hosts contemporary art exhibitions and film screenings.

Transport

Crossrail

Whitechapel benefits from being well connected to the rest of London via public transport. It has multiple stations:  Aldgate, Aldgate East and Tower Hill (all London Underground stations in ‘Zone 1’), Whitechapel (a London Underground and London Overground station), Shadwell and Tower Gateway (Docklands Light Railway stations) and Fenchurch Street (mainline station).

In addition, Whitechapel will be one of 38 stops along the new Crossrail line that runs from Reading to Essex. Once the line is complete in 2019, the journey from Whitechapel to Canary Wharf will be reduced from 12 minutes to 3 minutes, and the trip to Heathrow Airport to 36 minutes.

Retail

Petticoat Market

Petticoat Lane Market is one of Whitechapel’s most beloved landmarks featuring approximately, 100 stalls, mainly selling fashion, clothing and accessories. A short walk from Petticoat Lane is Whitechapel market. Stretching halfway down the high street, Whitechapel market offers an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables, plus a variety of Asian cooking ingredients.

Over the last 10 years or so, the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane has been transformed with an eclectic mix of vintage stores, microbreweries and delicious wine pop-ups.

Culture

The Whitechapel Gallery

Founded in 1901, The Whitechapel Gallery was one of London’s first publicly funded exhibition spaces, and over the years has hosted some of the world’s most significant artists. Picasso’s Guernicawas displayed at the gallery on its first and only trip to the UK, and artists including Pollock and Frida Kahlo had their London debuts here. The Whitechapel Gallery remains one of London’s key venues in the contemporary art scene, hosting regular retrospective and modern, multimedia exhibitions.

Home to many much-loved animals, from rare breeds to the famous Bayleaf the Donkey, Spitalfields City farm has strong community links and is designed as a learning resource for local. Animals aside, the farm also boasts beautiful gardens, a café and a farm shop. In addition to this, they run regular events including cookery classes and the annual extravaganza of the Oxford vs Cambridge Goat Race.

30 St. Mary Axe also known as The Gherkin, is a marvel of modern architecture with its glass panels and green building strategies.  Mostly home to offices, it also has a number of restaurants, including Searcy’s on the highest floors of the building.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Bootle, Liverpool

Neighbourhood Watch: Bootle, Liverpool

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Bootle, Liverpool History Bootle was first recorded in the 11th century, as a small village nestled in the dunes near the River Mersey. By the early 19th century, Bootle was reimagined as an upmarket bathing resort. Bootle Town Hall is among the buildings erected in the last quarter of the 19th century. The population of

Neighbourhood Watch: Bootle, Liverpool

Bootle, Liverpool

History

Bootle Town Hall

Bootle was first recorded in the 11th century, as a small village nestled in the dunes near the River Mersey. By the early 19th century, Bootle was reimagined as an upmarket bathing resort.

Bootle Town Hall is among the buildings erected in the last quarter of the 19th century. The population of the town swelled during this period, boosted in large part by Irish immigration due to work opportunities on the docks.  The wealth to pay for the splendour of the town hall and the gentrified ‘Bootle Village’ area was generated by these docks. The skilled workers lived in terraced houses in the east of the town, while the casual dock labourers lived in cramped, dwellings near the dockside.

Regeneration

Santander have announced plans to build a £75 million base in Bootle. Their existing building will be demolished and replaced by a huge campus. The campus will be built with environmentally-friendly materials and designed to better accommodate staff. Currently, the Bootle site houses 2000 staff. The new campus will allow for a further 500 people in addition to a fitness centre and cycle storage for employees. Furthermore, a public park with opportunities for sporting facilities and new businesses are set to be built.

Liverpool2 is a £300 million regeneration project to expand the port of Liverpool, creating a river berth near the “Seaforth Triangle” south of the Royal Seaforth Dock and is a primary part of the Mersey Ports Master Plan. Upon completion, the new dock will be able to accommodate two post-Panamax vessels of 13,500 Twenty-foot equivalent unit simultaneously. The expansion of the docks includes the construction of a new deep-water terminal which will eliminate the restriction in vessel size of the current docks.

The completion of the docks will allow the world’s container ships to have direct connections to the northern half of the UK and Ireland. It is also expected to make a significant contribution the community, by adding £5 billion to the local economy and bringing an influx of employment opportunities.

Liverpool Community College and Mersey Maritime have signed partnerships with Peel Port to perform job skills training, 5,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created, of which 4,000 will be at the Liverpool Port.

Culture

Southport Pleasureland

In close proximity to a number of areas, Bootle offers a thriving social scene. The seaside resort at Southport, just up the road, is home to Pleasureland, offering plenty of thrilling rides, featuring free entry to the park.

There are six championship golf courses in the area: Royal Birkdale, Southport and Ainsdale, Formby, West Lancashire, Hesketh.

Transport

Oriel Road Railway Station

Bootle offers fantastic transport links by both rail and bus. Bootle is served by two railway stations from Liverpool to Southport, Oriel Road and New Strand. The bus station, located under the New Strand Shopping centre provides services to Liverpool City Centre, Penny Lane, Allerton, Tuebrook and Crosby.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Walsall, Midlands  

Neighbourhood Watch: Walsall, Midlands  

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Neighbourhood Watch: Walsall, Midlands           Walsall, Midlands           Walsall is a quaint industrial town in the West Midlands of England, just about 10 miles (16 km) north of Birmingham. Since its founding in 1002, Walsall has been steadily growing into the densely populated city it is today. Culture With a rich history, the town

Neighbourhood Watch: Walsall, Midlands  

Neighbourhood Watch: Walsall, Midlands          

Walsall, Midlands          

Walsall is a quaint industrial town in the West Midlands of England, just about 10 miles (16 km) north of Birmingham. Since its founding in 1002, Walsall has been steadily growing into the densely populated city it is today.

Culture

ALDRIDGE TRANSPORT MUSEUM

With a rich history, the town of Walsall celebrates its journey through its various museums.

The Aston Manor Road Transport Museum (also known as the Aldridge Transport Museum) shows its visitors the history of road transport in all of the West Midlands. You can see a wide range of vehicles ranging from buses to cars to transport memorabilia, even the iconic double decker red buses you know you love.

The Walsall Leather Museum details the history of leather in the country and also shows you how leather is handcrafted into items like purses and wallets. In addition to the live leather fashioning, you can walk around and see the displays of famous leather goods, including saddles made for the Royal family. The museum also offers guided tours to teach you more about the history of leather.

Entertainment

A3 Arena

Offering a thriving nightlife, Walsall’s highlights include Forest Arts Centre and Grosvenor Casinos. Hosting concerts, performances and conferences, the Forest Arts Centre is home to the A3 arena, a state-of-the-art concert venue.

GROSVENOR CASINO WALSALL

Alternatively, Grosvenor Casino Walsall is the perfect day and night leisure destination featuring a restaurant, bar, conference room and sports & entertainment lounge. Keen to provide the ultimate gaming experience the casino offers everything from Roulette and Blackjack tables to Cleopatra and Lucky Lady’s Charm slot games.

Nature

WILLENHALL MEMORIAL PARK

A historical town, known for its popularity with Queen Elizabeth I and Mary I, Walsall has a beautiful outdoors world, including Willenham Memorial Park. Creating in the 1920s in memory of the decreasing soldiers of World War I, the park features a woodland area, bandstand, bowling green, children’s play area, fishing pool and community pavilion.  Aided by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, the park has excellent facilities including a bowling green, skate park, outdoor fitness centre, tennis courts, multi-use games area and walking and cycling routes.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Little Germany, Bradford

Neighbourhood Watch: Little Germany, Bradford

Little Germany The trading heart of the world’s textile industry in the mid-19th century, Little Germany was booming with leading wealthy merchants, investing in the city of Bradford with many of the Victorian architecture still on display. History Keen to impress clients, the leading wealthy merchants spared no expense in building imposing offices, showrooms and

Neighbourhood Watch: Little Germany, Bradford

Little Germany

The trading heart of the world’s textile industry in the mid-19th century, Little Germany was booming with leading wealthy merchants, investing in the city of Bradford with many of the Victorian architecture still on display.

History

Keen to impress clients, the leading wealthy merchants spared no expense in building imposing offices, showrooms and warehouses using finest quality Yorkshire stone, with ornate architectural features and decorative masonry. Their aspiration, vision and financial strength created Little Germany, an urban village of outstanding architectural and historical significance.  Today these unique buildings form a collection of 85 buildings constructed between 1855 and 1890, of which 55 are listed.

Theatre

Bradford Playhouse

As the home of Victorian Bradford, Little Germany has become a beacon the creative arts. Among the attractions is The Bradford Playhouse offering a diverse series of venues for access with the West Yorkshire area including Cinderella and The Little Shop of Horrors.

Culture

Bradford Cathedral

Little Germany boasts a close proximity to Bradford Cathedral, one of Yorkshire’s most revered attraction and the oldest building in the city. Set in the tranquil gardens where battle once raged, the Cathedral is alive with the echo if the 13 centuries it has survived through in the heart of Bradford. The third church on the site, is 500 years old, with 20th century additions. Bradford’s most ancient place of worship is friendly, peaceful and fascinating with many special features, including some of William Morris’ earliest stained glass.

Shopping

The Broadway Shopping Centre

Little Germany, situated alongside the Broadway Shopping Centre, is regarded as Europe’s finest merchants’ quarters enabling modern shopping facilities and historic architecture run side by side. Playing homage to its heyday in the mid-19th century, Little Germany offers an array of restaurants and bars including Cona Fine Dining Restaurant, Guzelian Cafe Bar and Gallery.

Final Note

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Neighbourhood Watch: Heysham Village, Lancaster

Neighbourhood Watch: Heysham Village, Lancaster

Heysham Village Home to stunning 17th century cottages and an 8th century chapel, the charming seaside village of Lancaster, dating back to Viking times offers a worldly cultural beacon with an array of natural beauties. Travel IMAGE: HEYSHAM PORT Following the opening of the new M6 link road, Heysham Village benefits from the local regeneration.

Neighbourhood Watch: Heysham Village, Lancaster

Heysham Village

Home to stunning 17th century cottages and an 8th century chapel, the charming seaside village of Lancaster, dating back to Viking times offers a worldly cultural beacon with an array of natural beauties.

Travel

IMAGE: HEYSHAM PORT

Heysham Port

Following the opening of the new M6 link road, Heysham Village benefits from the local regeneration. In addition, Heysham Port provides ferries and freight shipping to the Isle of Man, Ireland and UK ports. Only a mile away from Heysham Harbour, Heysham Village benefits from the Isle of Man Steam Packey Company running daily ferry services to the Isle of Man.

Culture

IMAGE: JMW TURNER PAINTING OF HEYSHAM

Joseph Mallord William Turner’s painting of Heysham fro 1816

Acting as an escape from Lancaster’s suburbs, Heysham Village is an oasis of nature and greenery, with stunning views across the Irish Sea towards the Isle of Man, the Lake District and the Lancashire Coast. British landscape painter JMW Turner found the scenery so remarkable, he painted Heysham with a spectacular Lakeland background in the 1790s.The painting is currently held at the Tate Britain in London.

Tourism

Heysham Stone Graves

Due to the historical nature of the seaside village, Heysham attracts a vast number of tourists. Evidence of Stone Age man has been found around the headland including stone axes and hammer heads, now residing in Lancaster Museum. The Heysham stone graves near the chapel ruins are believed to date back to the 11th century, making them the earliest graves in the Great Britain. Four of the indents are body-shaped and two are straight-sided, cut into the rock and often now filled with water.

Dating back to Viking times, St Patrick’s, an 8th century chapel is a truly wonderful urban green space to discover. St Peter’s Church stands close by, with the churchyard commanding one of the best views in the country. Paying homage to Heysham’s history, the Heritage Centre tells the story of the village’s architecture and past industry in a series of exhibitions.

Final Note

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Neighbourhood Watch: Ecclesall, Sheffield    

Neighbourhood Watch: Ecclesall, Sheffield    

Ecclesall  Filled with a thriving high street, Ecclesall is a diverse corner of Sheffield. Close to the city centre and the stunning Peak District, Ecclesall is one of the most in demand areas in Sheffield. In the past decade, Ecclesall has grown in popularity and become one of the most desirable places to live in

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Ecclesall 

Filled with a thriving high street, Ecclesall is a diverse corner of Sheffield. Close to the city centre and the stunning Peak District, Ecclesall is one of the most in demand areas in Sheffield. In the past decade, Ecclesall has grown in popularity and become one of the most desirable places to live in Sheffield.

History

Ecclesall Corn Mill

Ecclesall was historically known as Ecclesall Bierlow and was part off Barnsdale Forest and the Robin Hood legends. The earliest reference to this area is the 13th century with the establishment of the Ecclesall Corn Mill at Millhouses. Until the industrial revolution it was sparsely populated, however has since become a hotspot commuter are for Sheffield City Centre.

Culture

SHEFFIELD BOTANTICAL GARDENS

Known as the home of Sheffield’s greenery, Ecclesall offers the key attractions including Sheffield Botanical Gardens and Endcliffe Park. On top of this, Ecclesall is close to some of the national’s most beloved landmarks including Sheffield United football club and the Peak District National Park.

Cuisine

ALL SIAM THAI

Home to Sheffield’s creative cultural scene, Ecclesall boasts an array of independent restaurants including All Siam Thai, Ashoka Indian and Le Bistrot Pierre.

Shopping

IMAGE: Golden Mile

Ecclesall Road aka the Golden Mile

Ecclesall Road is one of the city’s thriving areas. Nicknamed the “Golden Mile”, Ecclesall Road has nearly 400 shops along a one and half mile stretch from the city centre. These range from high street stores to independent shops and offer art galleries, boutiques, florists, hairdressers and more.

Transport

A625 Ecclesall Road

From Ecclesall, there are vast transportation links to both, throughout the city and across the country. Commuters can enjoy the rural countryside via Ringinglow Road or Sheffield City Centre via the A625 Ecclesall. From Sheffield Rail Station, the city allows access to major UK cities including Leeds and Manchester. Additionally, the East Midlands and Robin Hood Airports are less than an hour away while Manchester and Leeds Bradford International Airport are just an hour and a half distance.

Education

Sheffield Hallam University

With the vast social life offered by the neighbourhood, Ecclesall has a large population, mostly from Sheffield Hallam University.

Final Note

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Neighbourhood Watch: Ropewalks, Liverpool

Neighbourhood Watch: Ropewalks, Liverpool

Ropewalks   Named after the 19th century dominating industry of crafting ropes for the sailor ships, Ropewalks is at the heart of Liverpool’s independent scene, bursting with art, music, culture and home to places including Bold Street and The Bombed Out Church. Voted one of the hippest places to live- beating out the trendy Baltic

Neighbourhood Watch: Ropewalks, Liverpool

Ropewalks  

Named after the 19th century dominating industry of crafting ropes for the sailor ships, Ropewalks is at the heart of Liverpool’s independent scene, bursting with art, music, culture and home to places including Bold Street and The Bombed Out Church. Voted one of the hippest places to live- beating out the trendy Baltic Triangle area, the array of restaurants, bars and thriving bars keep the neighbourhood electric from day to night.

Retail

Bold Street

Voted by Lonely Planet as one of the best shopping streets in the UK, Bold Street is one of Ropewalk’s main attractions, keeping Liverpool as a top European destination. Packed with independent shops, restaurants and cafes, Bold Street is home to everything from world foods to records to please ever type of shopper.

Leaf

The food on offer varies from street food delights at Peruvian Chicha to world foods at Mattas. Paired with sweet tooth’s dream, Bold Street Sweets and loose-leaf tea house LEAF, Bold Street offers a culinary delight for every occasion.

Living up to Lonely Planet’s recommendation, News from Nowhere and Rennies Art Gallery provide a eclectic dose of culture to the bustling shopping destination.

Culture

Bluecoat

Bluecoat, a Grade I listed 300-year-old building in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre, is home a year-round supply of visual art, literature, music, dance and live art. Alongside the vast supply of culture, Bluecoat is also has a café, restaurant and additionally Bluecoat is home to a wide range of independent shops from jewellery to ceramics at the internationally recognised Bluecoat Display Centre.

FACT

Around the corner from Bold Street, FACT, the UK’s leading gallery showcasing everything in film, video and new media. Exhibitions at FACT are developed by a range of international artists working with everything from prosthetic hands to video games. Past exhibitions have included Shia LaBeouf answering people’s phone calls. FACT is also home to a cinema showing all the latest blockbusters and independent films, a bar and The Garden café.

St Luke’s Church, known locally as The Bombed Church, is Ropewalks’ most famous landmark. Missing its roof due as a result of World War Two, the church now hosts many different events from local markets to gigs and weddings.

Nightlife

Cafe Tabac, Liverpool

Ropewalks is Liverpool’s highlight for nightlife, known for the assortment of options. Where it’s a quiet Saturday afternoon drink or a wild night out, Ropewalks has a bar for every social event.

Hebbie Jeebies, Kazimier Gardens and Pogue Mahones are perfect for a relaxing drink while Café Tabac embodies nostalgia to match their cocktails and red wine collection. Located at the very top of Bold Street, Cafe Tabac is an effortlessly cool, velvet encased, candle lit bar with an eclectic hip hop soundtrack. The closest to a continental experience you’ll get in the city, this neon lit establishment is reminiscent of the Nouvelle Vague period, transporting you to a smoke-filled cafe in 60s Paris.

Transport

Liverpool Central Station

The icing on the cake of Ropewalk is its ability to get around the area, thanks to Merseyrail’s Central Station. Merseyrail are one of the top performing rail operators in the country services customers every 15-30 minutes to 68 stations across the region.

Final Note

The home of Liverpool’s independent scene, Ropewalks is a highlight for students, professionals and tourists. Offering everything from an exciting shopping scene to a booming nightlife Ropewalks is an amazing opportunity for residential, commercial, hotel and student property investment.

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Ethical Property: THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENT

Ethical Property: THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENT

Why Invest in Ethical Property? In the world of investment, property is the safest route to net returns. After all, as long as people need accommodation, property will always be in demand be it commercial, student or residential. We’ve entered a new era of property investment, where financial return is not the only concern but

Ethical Property: THE FUTURE OF INVESTMENT

Why Invest in Ethical Property?

In the world of investment, property is the safest route to net returns. After all, as long as people need accommodation, property will always be in demand be it commercial, student or residential. We’ve entered a new era of property investment, where financial return is not the only concern but also how the property can service a community.

An ageing population

Danygraig Care Home, Wales

As scientific discoveries have revolutionised medicine, the 2019 life expectancy in the UK is 80.99 years while in 1969 the life expectancy was 71.72 years. The UK celebrates over 10 million aged 65 and older, outnumbering those aged 16 and under with the baby boomer generation (1946-1964) reaching retirement age, the demand for residential and nursing homes is at high demand. Currently, 400,000 people are living in care homes, and over 800,000 people living with Dementia. By 2021, this will rise to 1 million, and be more than double by 2050.

They’re currently 400,000 people living in care homes, and due to the over 85-year-old demographic being the fastest growing age group, predicted to grow by 106% to over 2.6 million by 2030.

Bryn Illtyd Residential Home, Wales

With the mortality rate in the UK, dramatically rising, there is a dramatic increase in demand for specialist dementia and nursing care. The care home market will play a significant role in our future society, with increasing demand for quality accommodation, care and funding.

The combined market value for older people in the UK is currently estimated to be worth £22.2 billion, of which £13.4 billion is attributable to residential care. As the number of elderly people with high care needs in the UK is expected to increase over the next 20 years, the need for modern, fit for purpose care homes is increasing rapidly.

The Millennial Effect

The Bridge, Kirkcaldy

Over 62% of millennials have considered starting their own business, with 72% feeling that start-ups and entrepreneurs are a necessary economic force for creating jobs and driving innovation. According to the 2016 BNP Paribas Global Entrepreneur Report, millennials are starting businesses at younger ages than their counterparts in previous generations. Baby boomers, for example, tended to launch their first business at an average of 35 years of age. Millennials, on the other hand, start their first business around age 27, implying they’re more eager to start businesses and possibly, are more willing to take risks in doing so. The report also shows that millennials have launched about twice as many businesses as their baby boomer counterparts have

The millennial leaders demand action on major issues including climate change, mental illness and work life balance. Commercial property is seeing their influence and meeting their perquisites outdoor spaces, remote working capabilities and multipurpose spaces.

Autism and the UK

In 2019, there are approximately 700,000 autistic people in UK, more than 1 in 100. Including their families, autism is a part of daily life for 2.8 million people. Many autistic children in state schools find difficulty in their needs being catered to, to the extent that 63% of children on the autism spectrum are not in the kind of school their parents believe would best support them. Additionally, 17% of autistic children have been suspended from school; 48% of these had been suspended three or more times; 4% had been expelled from one or more schools.

St Camillus No7, Blackpool

As autism is a lifelong disability that cannot be seen, the need for support to cope with finding employment and surviving daily life is vital.  Only 16% of autistic adults in the UK are in full-time paid employment and only 32% are in some kind of paid work.

To adhere to this, John Lewis has launched autism-friendly shoe services and The Education Authority now spends £270m a year on supporting children with special educational needs – including autism.

Final Note

With the rise of ethical factors being pushed for the forefront, the property market must represent the world we live in, both financially and medically.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Can you balance property investment with a full-time job?

Can you balance property investment with a full-time job?

Many budding property investors have the desire, will and funds to invest with, but don’t necessarily know if their prospective property investment will be compatible with their job. The truth is, if you go about investing in the right kind of hands-off property, then it’s perfectly possible to maintain your occupation without it hindering your

Can you balance property investment with a full-time job?

Many budding property investors have the desire, will and funds to invest with, but don’t necessarily know if their prospective property investment will be compatible with their job. The truth is, if you go about investing in the right kind of hands-off property, then it’s perfectly possible to maintain your occupation without it hindering your property investment goals.

In today’s article, I will outline exactly what is required to pursue your career goals whilst maintaining a successful, hands-off UK property portfolio.

Two forms of income

The most obvious benefit of continuing to work whilst owning a property investment is that it provides you with more income on a regular basis. This is essential for saving money in which to put back into more property investments to build up your UK property portfolio. One form of income can maintain your lifestyle and pay the bills, whilst the other can go straight into your savings account for investing in more properties.

A hands-off approach

With regards to purchasing property investments, I’ve spoken with many first-time UK property investors that are under the misapprehension that they need to dedicate all of their time towards managing and maintaining their portfolios. This is not the case- in fact, many of the clients we’ve helped start or expand their portfolios take a completely hands-off role towards managing their property investment.

They do this by employing experienced lettings companies local to the property to handle the day-to-day running of everything. Collecting rent in which to pay you, dealing with potential maintenance and repair issues, finding new tenants and dealing with void periods etc.

By taking a hands-off role, this enables you as the investor to kick back and earn money without doing anything towards the upkeep of your property. Sure, you pay a fee to the company every month for the service. But many are happy to pay it for peace of mind they provide, and with two incomes rolling in from your job and property investment, it’s a small price you can afford to pay.

More free time towards finding future purchases

If you quit your job and dedicate all of your time towards managing your own property investments, you may find that this requires much of your downtime towards dealing with trivial issues like faulty boilers or leaky taps. At least with your job (or most jobs!) you finish at a certain time and are able to spend your free time identifying the UK property markets and where to make your next property investment purchases accordingly.

With more leisure time as a result of your property being managed for you, this is time that can go towards locating the best property hotspots and hands-off property investments across the UK.

Better chance of securing lending

Most lenders don’t consider income from properties towards the requirements necessary to obtain a mortgage. Because of this, it’s actually prudent to remain in your job so that the income produced not only gives you additional funds, but also because you’re more likely to receive the necessary lending to purchase UK property investments.

It isn’t impossible to secure a mortgage based on this criterion alone but having a dependable source of income will greatly enhance your chances so that you don’t have to undergo a painstakingly long search scouring the markets to get financing at bad rates.

Your job may aid you with regards to UK property investment

I’m not just referring to the money your job provides here either. Your occupation may give you an insight into how UK property is faring or how the purchase process works. For example, those who work in the business sector may know the legal process of purchasing a Buy to Let property with regards to conveyancing. A construction manager will know what is required to refurbish potential property investments because they do it as part of their job. I myself work in property of course, and my experiences here at Tarquin Jones will prove invaluable when I save up enough money to invest myself!

Your job may not overlap with giving you an insight into how property investment works. But the people you work with may be like you- aspiring first-time investors saving up for a hands-off UK property investment. You may pool your resources with them in order to invest together and obtain property of a higher value than you would by yourself. This can lead to profitable partnerships- both the directors here at Tarquin Jones for example worked together by chance years ago and formed this company together as a result.

Of course, there are advantages to focusing solely on property, and it came come down to personal preference as to what’s best for you and your property investment goals. It’s worth pointing out though that it is more than possible to continue your chosen career path whilst balancing a hands-off UK property portfolio that won’t impact your day-to-day life.

Our Investments page contains all the information on the latest Tarquin Jones property investments. Please give us a call on 0208 445 6542 or email us at info@tarquinjones.com to inquire with us directly regarding any of them.

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Why invest in UK student property?

Why invest in UK student property?

Student property has proven to be one of the most reliable forms of investment for many buyers, both first-time investors and experienced landlords alike. The reasons for this are numerous, and I’m going to cover these in today’s article which will focus on the pros of investing in UK student property. High demand It’s no

Why invest in UK student property?

Student property has proven to be one of the most reliable forms of investment for many buyers, both first-time investors and experienced landlords alike. The reasons for this are numerous, and I’m going to cover these in today’s article which will focus on the pros of investing in UK student property.

High demand

It’s no secret that UK property in general suffers from high demand combined with low supply, and the student sector feels this problem just as much. Most universities across the UK do not have the capabilities to house everyone who attends, so this leads to more and more students having to turn to the private sector for their accommodation.

For example, Plymouth has 4 higher educational institutions which includes the University of Plymouth and has approximately 25,000 students across them. However, only 3,000 are actually housed within the university halls of residence.

Newcastle has the same issue. 50,000 students attend the cities higher educational institutes but 28,000 are unable to attain the universities accommodation. Various other cities across the UK have the exact same problem.

This creates a gap for private student property to fill the void and attempt to meet the growing demand. Students and investors alike are therefore turning to this type of student accommodation which in turn is leading to higher prices and sustainable returns for investors.

Rising number of students

More young people than ever are attending university and it’s no longer considered something for the privileged elite. Student numbers have almost doubled in the UK since 1992- figures show that from the period March-May 1992 there was 984,000 people aged 18-24 in full time education. In May-July 2016, there was 1.87 million, approximately 1 in 3 people, aged 18-24 in full time education.

Higher education is now commonplace, and this is all despite the rising tuition fees showing this is not considered a major deterrent among many looking to study in the UK.

High yields

Any investor whose primary goal is to achieve a high yield is best placed to pursue student property as opposed to most residential opportunities. The more affordable pricing along with the fact that student property isn’t known for its massive capital growth lends itself well to high yielding student deals in various university towns and cities across the UK.

We at Tarquin Jones have a variety of student investments that offer upwards of 8% net yielding rooms in thriving student cities such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Plymouth. Because of the fact that said student deals are in such popular cities, there is a long list of potential buyers for these. As a result, resell value for property in these cities is surprisingly good when you consider that student property is typically more difficult to resell than residential schemes. Buying a student unit(s) in a city with plenty of amenities nearby i.e. bars, restaurants, gyms, transport links etc, will help massively when it comes to selling your property as and when you want to.

Student’s growing expectation on their accommodation

Over the years, there has been a paradigm change in the lifestyle of UK students. Many are now shunning the previously traditional low rent second hand HMO properties as they see the new build purpose-built accommodation with higher expectations than they had done before. Value for money is increasingly becoming considered in terms of accommodation.

Increase in tuition fees has created a new breed of modern students who see the burden of increased financial debt should result in value for money in terms of the accommodation services being offered. Many investors are taking note of this attitude change and this is a major, yet understated, reason why many are choosing to invest in student property.

The size of the student accommodation market in the UK shows no sign of slowing down. With more student property in the private sector being developed in the country, there is only going to be a diversification of investment into the sector allowing those who wish to get involved the opportunity to invest their money in the student accommodation in various cities.

With the UK’s reputation of world class education combined with a rise in the student population, new build student property is proving to be a preferred asset class for the discerning investors looking primarily for high and sustainable returns.

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