5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

The Pool of Life Liverpool, the northern city of culture is thriving by the minute. Home to numerous higher educational institutions, a beautiful sky view and Liverpool FC’s the Reds, Liverpool continues to grow in population, from young professionals, students and businesses setting up in the northern city. With its thriving economy, Liverpool is a

5 Reasons to Invest in Liverpool

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Liverpool, the northern city of culture is thriving by the minute. Home to numerous higher educational institutions, a beautiful sky view and Liverpool FC’s the Reds, Liverpool continues to grow in population, from young professionals, students and businesses setting up in the northern city. With its thriving economy, Liverpool is a fantastic city to invest in, boasting one of the highest rental yields in the country.  We’ve picked out our top investments in the city.

Natex

  • 9% NET rental return for 5 years
  • Prices from £67,500
  • Completion: Q3 2020
  • 566 units in 2 blocks: 472 clusters and 94 studio apartments
  • Central Liverpool location
  • Close proximity to 6 universities, 2 train stations, and 1 major shopping centre
  • Includes a resident’s café and game room

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fabric Village 

  • Prices from £98,500
  • Estimated 7% rental yield for 3 years
  • 449 studio apartments, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
  • Completion: Q4 2019
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Located in Knowledge Quarter
  • Within 10 minutes to Liverpool One Shopping Centre, Liverpool Waters and Lime Street Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AURA 

  • En suite from £62,950
  • Studios from £77,950
  • 8% NET yields assured for 5 years
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Completion: Q3 2020
  • 702 cluster en-suite rooms and 305 studios.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Rise 

  • Prices from £67,400
  • 7% NET rental yields guaranteed for 5 years
  • Completion: Q3 2019 (student) Completion: Dec 2019-Q1 2020 (residential)
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Located in the progressive Knowledge Quarter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tannery 

  • 6% NET return for 3 years
  • 5% interest on deposited funds
  • Prices from £85,000
  • 381 studio apartments, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments
  • Leasehold: 250 years
  • Ground Rent: £300
  • Completion: Q3 2019 (Block C), Q2 2020 (Block B)
  • Central Liverpool location

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Rise of the Staycation

The Rise of the Staycation

Long Live the British Holiday Ayia Napa or Robin Hood’s Bay this summer? As the temperatures rise in the run-up to summer’s arrival, the annual summer holiday planning for many a Brit is taking place. The regular beach destinations including Mykonos (Greece), Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Menorca (Spain) and Algarve (Portugal) have long been favoured for

The Rise of the Staycation

Long Live the British Holiday

Ayia Napa or Robin Hood’s Bay this summer?

staycation, aiya napa, domestic tourism, summer holiday, destination holiday,

Aiya Napa

As the temperatures rise in the run-up to summer’s arrival, the annual summer holiday planning for many a Brit is taking place. The regular beach destinations including Mykonos (Greece), Lanzarote (Canary Islands), Menorca (Spain) and Algarve (Portugal) have long been favoured for their serene ambience, cultural atmosphere and performance as an escape from the grind of daily life. The beauty of Cornwall’s Talland Bay and Wales’  Llanddwyn Island, has worn away the allure of Europe, in favour of a staycation. At the same time, those of us who prefer skiing on Christmas Eve, to relaxing at home, are trading La Plagne and Livigno for Glenshee and Manchester. Data from the Great British Staycation, revealed that in 2018, 52% of 25-34-year olds took holidays within the UK for tourist attractions and financial benefits.

Robin's Hood Bay, staycation, domestic tourism, hotel property,

Robin Hood’s Bay

With the looming presence of Brexit, the magnetism of British soil is leading many holiday goers to forfeit the passport stamps in favour of domestic tourism. With the decline of the pound’s value on the global market and the impending costs of VISAs to travel within Europe, the UK has become a holiday hotspot. Tourism and marketing expert Dr Sheila Malone of Lancaster University said there had been a noticeable movement in trends following the Brexit referendum. She told Sky News: “That seemed to trigger a different kind of consumer sentiment in terms of spending – a little bit more cautious, looking for a bit more security in how they (British holidaymakers) are spending their money.”

What does this mean for the tourism industry?

Trafford Hall Hotel, Old Trafford, Manchester, Hotel Property, Domestic Tourism,

Trafford Hall Hotel, Manchester

The increase in domestic travel over overseas trips, while initially was driven by the rising costs, has become a trend, holiday goers and travellers desiring multiple short breaks throughout a year, no necessity for travel insurance, last minute holidays and reasonably priced packages. Additionally, as the pound has weakened international tourism has increased, making the UK a hotspot travel destination both nationally and across the globe. Locations such as Manchester draw consumers from all walk of life including sport and theatre.

Hotel Property

The rise in staycations stands to benefit the UK tourism industry, expected to be worth £257 billion by 2025. The hotel industry reached a total turnover of £98bn in 2017 proves the demand for quality hotels in the UK is higher than ever before.

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Epic Hotel, Liverpool

Most popular in London & Blackpool, Hotel Property is a smart method of property investment, given the lower entry cost compared to residential property and student property. It’s an ideal method to invest in the British economy and support an industry with rapid growth. As a hands-off management investment, the hotel property is a passive income and as most investment deals offer to buy back in year 5, it’s an intelligent short-term investment.

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Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

Once the stomping ground for the industrial sector to make ends meet, the Fabric District, the end result of Liverpool’s thriving regeneration is now one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Liverpool. Home to larger than life fabric and haberdashery, Abakan’s and Try & Lily, a family firm known for police hat manufacturing, the up and

Why everyone will want to live in the Fabric District…

Once the stomping ground for the industrial sector to make ends meet, the Fabric District, the end result of Liverpool’s thriving regeneration is now one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in Liverpool. Home to larger than life fabric and haberdashery, Abakan’s and Try & Lily, a family firm known for police hat manufacturing, the up and coming neighbourhood is welcoming innovation from the fashion crowd.

  1. Money, Money, Money.

Knowledge Quarter

Fabric District lives within the Knowledge Quarter which will enjoy the mass £1 billion investment benefits. Businesses are so invested in the opportunities of Fabric District they are being waitlisted to relocate here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Cultural epicentre

Try & Lilly Ltd

In the heart of Liverpool’s fashion industry is numerous industrial businesses including drapers, tailors and upholstery businesses, it comes as no surprise the creative minds of tomorrow are regulars in the Fabric District. Their presence has led to a 3-day international free arts festival from the fine arts to ceramics.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Intellectually Located

Liverpool Hope University

Liverpool is home to three universities including Liverpool Hope University, teacher training college, Edge Hill University and drama school, Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts. Located in close proximity to all of these educational institutions makes Fabric District ideal for student accommodation and residential property.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  1. Commutability

Fabric District borders Lime Street, giving the trendy neighbourhood efficient transport links to the city, and with the plans for HS2 in full effect, commuting up and down the country will be an easy task for those preferring the Liverpool atmosphere.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Final Note

Nicknamed the capital of culture, Liverpool is proving to be a metropolitan city, with something to accommodate everyone. The rising economy, mass regeneration and emerging transport links make Fabric District one of the most demanding place for property in the country. Now is the time to invest in the future of the country, the future of education, employment and most importantly, property.

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The rise of the DINK

The rise of the DINK

In 2019, there are more child free adults than ever before. While, for those born in 1946, only 9% had no children at the age of 45, whereas for women born in 1970, this figure has risen to 17%. A US study discovered that 1 in 5 women enter menopause without children. Additionally, birth rates

The rise of the DINK

In 2019, there are more child free adults than ever before. While, for those born in 1946, only 9% had no children at the age of 45, whereas for women born in 1970, this figure has risen to 17%. A US study discovered that 1 in 5 women enter menopause without children. Additionally, birth rates among women in their twenties declined by 15% between 2007 and 2012.

The reasons why so many couples adopt a Dual Income, No Kids lifestyle, commonly known as DINK, is varied. For some the financial burden of raising a child is more trouble than its deemed worth and for others, it means sacrifices to lifestyle and career aspirations. Without the responsibility of children to cater to, the rise of DINK, the demands for property are not what they were for young professionals of Baby Boomers and Generation X.

What DINK mean for the property market?

Imperial Square, Luton

ONS figures showed that in 2017 the proportion of women never having children has doubled in generation.

Leisure & Amenity

Infinity Towers, Liverpool

Young professionals today are interested the trendy new neighbourhoods. Without the pressure to consider a property’s proximity to schools and day-care the focus for many tenants now is convenience. After working all day, and in some instances earning from a second job, the Millennial generation are interested in homes which offer closeness to shops and travel links.

Work Life Balance

The Tannery, London

In 2019, the UK is more career driven than ever before. A booming economy mixed with the impending launch of HS2 and mass regeneration schemes, means over 250,000 jobs are being launched in the UK by 2030. As a result of this, generation rent is drawn to city centre properties to stay in the heart of their working life.

Student Housing Demand

Marvel House, Plymouth

In 2018, 2.3 million students were recorded to be in higher education. Entrepreneur reported that 24% intend for pay for higher education via savings and 38% plan to work during their university studies. Higher education is at an all time high since the launch of the postgraduate government student loan. As more students stay in education for longer to gain qualifications such as an MBA and PhD, often via part-time study, instead of starting families the demand for student housing will increase.

Luxury Lifestyles

Hadrian’s Tower, Newcastle

Without adhering to the practicalities of raising children, tenants are desiring homes to suit their personalities and lifestyles. For example, 2019 saw an increase in properties with pools and audio door entry systems. Favouring state-of-the-art design specifications including private lounges, the demand for luxury property is increasing across the country.

Travel Pursuits

Epic Hotel, Liverpool

A chief reason, many adopt a DINK lifestyle is the sizeable disposable income, which can be used for travel. The rise of the staycation, has seen a dramatic increase in domestic holidays. As cities within the Northern Powerhouse gain regeneration, the rise in UK’s tourism to serene areas will benefit from the child-free movement.

Entrepreneurship

The Bridge, Kirkcaldy

Among Generation Z, working to suit your lifestyle is a priority. Entrepreneur announced 41% of Generation Z intend to start their own businesses instead of continuing the Millennial trend of side jobs. The rise is e-learning opportunities focusing on creative arts and business is predicted to be worth four times more than the higher education market. As a result of this, the demand for office space will increase.

Old Age

Bryn Illtyd Ltd, Wales

Without the comfort of having children to take care of them in old age, DINK jetsetters will be desiring Care Homes in the future.

Final Note

As the economic climate changes, the demands for property respectively alters. With more favouring an enjoyable lifestyle and the financial benefits that come along, the demand for family friendly property has seen a sharp reduction.

 

 

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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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Features of Liverpool

Features of Liverpool

Liverpool is recognised as one of the UK’s major cities that has been home to some of the country’s most innovative industrial and cultural phenomena since the city was founded in 1207. Here are the defining features of Liverpool that cement its place as one of the UK’s best and most important cities. Liverpool was

Features of Liverpool

Liverpool is recognised as one of the UK’s major cities that has been home to some of the country’s most innovative industrial and cultural phenomena since the city was founded in 1207. Here are the defining features of Liverpool that cement its place as one of the UK’s best and most important cities.

Liverpool was the 2nd largest city of the British Empire after London and possessed the world’s largest harbour.

Founded in 1207 by King John, the city of Liverpool started as a borough comprised of only 7 streets. It’s a fact that the harbour was used to collect and deliver goods from all over the world including tobacco, fabrics, cotton and other raw materials.

Liverpool’s waterfront is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

This achievement was granted in 2004 by UNESCO to greater recognise the commercial port at the time when Britain was at its most influential in world affairs. The World Heritage Site runs through the Albert Dock and the docking complex and warehouses comprises the largest single collection of Grade A listed buildings anywhere in the UK.

Liverpool was the 1st English city to be awarded the European Capital of Culture in 2008.

This award is given every calendar year to a city to recognise its historical and cultural importance across Europe. Media coverage of Liverpool’s cultural attractions doubled during this time and generated £753.8m for the economy.

It’s the home of the Beatles!

It’s impossible to talk about Liverpool without mentioning the biggest phenomenon in music history. Known as the Fab Four, The Beatles are credited with changing the face of popular music and the fact that they are still to date the best-selling music artists of all time cements their legacy in Liverpool folklore.

It is the most successful footballing city in England.

England is known as a football crazy country, and nowhere is this truer than in Liverpool. Between Liverpool FC and Everton, the city has 27 League Championships, 5 European Cups, 11 FA Cups, 3 UEFA Cups, 6 League Cups and one Cup Winners Cup to its name. Both compete regularly in the Premier League and it’s a well-known fact that the Merseyside derby is known as one of the fiercest rivalries in English football.

Tourists bring £3.6 million of revenue to the city each year.

Liverpool is a hotbed of tourist attractions and the cities tourism industry employs around 50,000 people. The history and legacy of the Beatles, several art galleries, a fascinating maritime history and superb entertainment venues such as the famous Cavern Club are the main reasons why tourists find Liverpool such a great city to visit.

It had the world’s first ever passenger railway line.

In 1830, the railway opened which linked the North Western cities of Liverpool and Manchester. This was to provide faster shipping of raw materials between the port of Liverpool and mills of Manchester. The fact is it was the first of its kind and came complete with a timetable showed the cities great technological enhancements.

It has more museums and galleries than anywhere else outside London.

Liverpool has one of the most impressive collections of museums in Europe. The Museum of Liverpool was the 1st UK museum dedicated to the history of a city. The Albert Dock often houses many more museums, such as the Merseyside Maritime Museum and International Slavery Museum where more can be learned about the heritage of Liverpool as a port city. Tate Liverpool is the cities most renowned art gallery, featuring famous works by the likes of Tracey Emin all the way back to Picasso.

It is home to the largest cathedral in the UK and the 5th largest in the world.

The Anglican Cathedral was designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in 1904. It has a monster bell known as “Great George” which weighs 15 tons, eclipsing even Big Ben in terms of size!

Some of your favourite films have been shot there!

Liverpool has had hundreds of successful films shot there and it’s a fact the city is recognised for having a superb filming industry. The Hunt for Red October, Sherlock Holmes, Captain America, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, The Dark Knight and Fantastic Beasts to name a few have all been films in which Liverpool was used for filming. Interestingly, Liverpool has also doubled for other major European cities, such as Moscow, Dublin, Paris and Venice.

The Grand National takes place there every year.

The world’s most famous horserace is watched by approximately 600 million viewers at home and attended by thousands of punters in Aintree. The Grand National is one of the biggest yearly attractions that Liverpool has to offer.

Liverpool is a city brimming with history and character and one of the few places in the UK outside of London that can claim to be a truly international city. Tourists from across the world flock there every year and delight at taking in the cultural and historical attractions it has to offer.

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Best UK student towns to invest in

Best UK student towns to invest in

Student investment opportunities are proving a shrewd investment for those looking to capitalise on the shortfall of purpose build student accommodation (PBSA) being built in university towns across the UK. The student market has proven popular with many because of not only the lack of PBSAs but the increasing number of those studying in the

Best UK student towns to invest in

Student investment opportunities are proving a shrewd investment for those looking to capitalise on the shortfall of purpose build student accommodation (PBSA) being built in university towns across the UK. The student market has proven popular with many because of not only the lack of PBSAs but the increasing number of those studying in the UK including both domestic and foreign students. But which cities offer the best return on investment for student lets? We find out here in the Top 5 Student Property Towns to Invest In.

Liverpool

Liverpool is one of the best investment locations in the UK right now so it’s no surprise that a city with over 67,000 students living there is also one of the best student investment locations. Liverpool has 5 different higher educational institutes, including Liverpool University, within its Knowledge Quarter district and with a shortage of around 22,000 bed spaces in Liverpool for the cities student population, prices are only being driven up on the few PBSAs that are available. Brand new developments such as Aura in the city centre offer many investors an exciting town sure to deliver on capital growth and yields alike.

Manchester

Manchester has a huge student population with over 85,000 studying there so the demographic for anyone that owns student BTL property is huge. A total of 350,000 students are only an hour’s drive from Manchester as well, increasing the demand for student property even more. The graduate retention is 51% which is second only to London meaning that Manchester’s employers benefit hugely from having them there. 39,700 study at the University of Manchester alone and a further 19,000 at Salford University, meaning that sites like X1 The Campus are well placed to secure a good rental income whilst being in touch with the cities amenities.

Leeds

Leeds has long been a favourite town of those investing in student accommodation and, with so many top universities there such as the University of Leeds, Leeds Trinity University and Leeds Beckett University, it’s not hard to see why. The city has a student population of approximately 70,000 people and the amount of housing available through the University of Leeds is only 9,050, meaning that more and more students are turning to privately owned PBSA developments in the city centre. With high yields of around 8%, investors see Leeds as a great student town to put their money into.

Huddersfield

Huddersfield is recognised as a significant, established and growing student town popular with domestic and international students. The University of Huddersfield is home to more than 24,900 students and £80 million has been spent on the universities main campus in the last decade. There is a significant imbalance in terms of the PBSA sites in Huddersfield right now- many are outside the main town centre over 4 miles away and require hundreds of students to travel via bus to get there. Sites within walking distance of the universities however, like Crane Court, have an immediate advantage in this sense and as such many investors are buying into sites like this one which not only offers a stable income with great growth prospects but also are attractive from a resell perspective years down the line.

Sheffield

Over 63,000 students study in Sheffield every year including more than 7,000 overseas students making this location a prime town to invest in. Many major towns have an outstanding university but in Sheffield’s case they have two of the best and biggest- Sheffield University was named Times University of the Year back in 2011 and Sheffield Hallam University is the 4th largest university in the UK, meaning no investor should be stuck looking for a potential tenant in such a desirable area. Sheffield is one of the most popular places to study in the UK and interestingly has one of the lowest crime rates, marking it as a safe town to both invest and live in.

Bristol

Similarly to Sheffield, Bristol is also home to two excellent universities with the University of Bristol recognised as one of the UKs finest and the University of West England- between them they have around 50,000 students studying at both universities. Bristol itself is a major property hotspot- The Sunday Times voted it the best place to live in the UK in 2017 and this extends well to the student population. The University of Bristol accounts for 6,000 houses geared for its students and with so many more students needing somewhere to live, investors are taking a firm interest in the student lets market in Bristol. High yields of around 8% only cement this as an excellent student town to invest in.

There has been a significant increase in the popularity of student accommodation due to property investors searching for alternative investment markets. This extraordinary demand shows no sign of slowing down which means universities across the UK are now facing the problem of housing students. Many institutions fail to house their entire first year intake and accommodation for years 2 and 3 is even scarcer. Now, with approximately 493,000 students placed for the 2016/17 academic year according to UCAS, demand is skyrocketing; making this market as attractive to investors as it has ever been.

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Neighbourhood Watch: Bootle, Liverpool

Neighbourhood Watch: Bootle, Liverpool

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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Why to consider investing in care home investment opportunities

Why to consider investing in care home investment opportunities

Here at Tarquin Jones, we don’t limit ourselves to purely residential Buy to Let investment opportunities. We take a look at various property sectors that fundamentally serve as sound investments for our clients. In today’s article, we will be going into the reasons why care home investment opportunities are proving a shrewd asset class for

Why to consider investing in care home investment opportunities

Here at Tarquin Jones, we don’t limit ourselves to purely residential Buy to Let investment opportunities. We take a look at various property sectors that fundamentally serve as sound investments for our clients.

In today’s article, we will be going into the reasons why care home investment opportunities are proving a shrewd asset class for many Buy to Let property investors.

Ageing UK population

Despite the fact care homes have been existent in the UK for many years now, care home investment is currently very much a growing trend since changing demographics over the last thirty years or so have led to a substantial increase in the percentage of the UK population, which is aged 65 and over.

At present this is almost a fifth of the total population and it is predicted to increase to around a quarter over the course of the next thirty years. We’re constantly told that the UK has an ageing population and it’s certainly true amongst a large percentage of the total demographic. In the simplest of terms, the laws of supply and demand very much favour this market sector.

The figures show that there are more and more older people seeking these care homes and with a relative shortage in terms of supply on these, prices are going up on those that are available.

Strain on public funded care

English councils are facing growing numbers of elderly and disabled people who require care, whilst facing a lack of funding to pay social care fees. To meet the growing need all but four councils in England are planning to increase council tax by the maximum allowed to help pay for social care.

The implementation of the National Living Wage6 in 2016, coupled with financial pressures on local authorities has put added strain on the care industry. Rises in providers’ costs and the squeeze on local councils’ budgets are leaving some care providers in an unsustainable position.

The combination of both privately and publicly-owned care home closures, and increasing numbers of people requiring social care, means there are big opportunities for well-run providers of care to expand the development and refurbishment of care facilities in areas of high demand.

In some ways better than residential or commercial?

Investing in care homes offers the best advantages of commercial property investment and residential property investment, while minimising the potential downsides of both.

Other types of commercial property such as retail or office space can be affected by the same sorts of issues as faced by residential landlords. These include vacant periods, unrecoverable rent and changes in circumstances which negatively affect the property, such as changes to the employment landscape or to transport links.

The nature of care homes is such that these issues are generally of little to no concern.  The simple fact of the matter is that the UK population has been growing older for three decades now and is set to keep on growing older for at least the next three decades.  Older people require homes which are suitable for their needs in the later stages of their life and care homes provide an effective way of catering for this significant demand.

Increased bank lending for the sector

Care home investments have seen a massive influx of investment support from a variety of lending institutions over recent years, and therefore are becoming an integral part of any investment portfolio. Banks and other lending institutions are becoming very eager to lend for UK care and nursing home investments, due to the long-term, robust and lower risk income streams that it offers.

They’re a far cry away from flipped residential property or student accommodation in terms of potential lending- care home opportunities are safe and assured to earn you a steady income. Banks and other lenders love this in a property and will more likely offer good financing as a result.

Highly regulated industry

Due to the highly sensitive and important nature of care, the health and social care sector is a highly-regulated industry. The Care Quality Commission (CQC) are the independent regulator responsible for monitoring, inspecting and regulating health and social care services in England.

Because of the CQC’s regular inspections, most care homes are kept to the highest standard in terms of living space and building quality, meaning that any investor buying a room in these can expect very little to go wrong from their perspective. It’s a completely hands-off investment sector that is left in the hands of the professionals both on-site and from the regulators.

For the private investor, now is an excellent time to consider investing in UK care. There are a growing number of innovative developers offering great buy to-let investment opportunities within the UK care sector.

With the tried and tested sales model, finding an ethical, sustainable investment that delivers stable returns and prospects for capital appreciation is no longer the preserve of large institutional investment, and is increasingly becoming an attractive option for individual investors thanks to the security of long leasebacks and long-term cash flows.

Care home opportunities provide the investor with the chance to invest in one of the UK’s most unique asset classes to obtain a regular rental income. Capital growth is not something which is typically expected of care home opportunities but with some of the unique deals that Tarquin Jones manages to source i.e. St. Camillus in Blackpool, buyback options provide that aspect of the investment as well as a solid income stream.

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North West house prices on the rise

North West house prices on the rise

According to official figures, house prices in the North West of England rose the fastest compared to other regions in the UK during the past year. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that annual prices in the region grew 5.6% from July 2017 to July 2018. In comparison, London prices fell by 0.7%, a

North West house prices on the rise

According to official figures, house prices in the North West of England rose the fastest compared to other regions in the UK during the past year.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that annual prices in the region grew 5.6% from July 2017 to July 2018. In comparison, London prices fell by 0.7%, a sharp reminder that the smart money from an investment point of view is going away from the capital and into England’s northern property locations.

Whilst the capital naturally has the highest average property price (£484,926) this doesn’t lend itself well to first time buyers or those with a limited cash budget. For those looking for property that provides a feasible entry point in terms of price, the North West is perfect whilst prices, for now, remain relatively affordable when compared to London.

Source- Office for National Statistics (ONS)

As the graph above demonstrates, house prices in the North West are rising at a faster rate than any other region in the country. This means that cities like Manchester and Liverpool, as well as towns in close proximity i.e. Salford, are prime investment locations for achieving capital growth, one of the main objectives for any property investor.

Prices on the rise in general

Despite what the mainstream press continues to put out regarding UK property, property prices are still on the rise as a whole across the country. The only caveat is that prices haven’t risen at the same rate as in previous years. Average house prices in the UK increased by 3.1% in the year to July. That was a slight fall from June’s 3.2% annual increase and the lowest UK annual rate since August 2013, when it was 3%. It’s worth bearing in mind however that this slight decrease is largely affected by the drop in London house prices, which affects the average on the whole.

Mike Hardie, head of inflation at the ONS, said: “UK house prices continued to grow, but at their lowest annual rate for five years, driven again by a fall in London.”

What property types are performing best?

Detached houses showed the biggest increase in the period, climbing by 4.6% in the year to July 2018 to £352,000.

The average price of flats and apartments increased by 0.6% in the 12 months to July, to £208,000, the lowest annual growth of all property types.

The weaker growth in UK flats was driven by negative annual growth in London for the property type, the ONS reported. London accounts for about a quarter of all UK flats and maisonettes changing hands.

Whilst it may be easy to look at houses as the superior option when it comes to an investment, they are invariably more expensive than apartments and usually have a much lower yield. They also have a narrower demographic- the ideal tenants for a house are usually families, whereas flats can house young working professionals, students, and smaller families amongst others. In these respects, apartments may be superior from a landlord’s perspective.

What about rents?

Separate figures from the ONS showed that the cost of renting in Britain rose by 0.9% in the 12 months to August 2018, unchanged from last month. But London prices decreased 0.3% over the period.

Kate Davies of the Intermediary Mortgage Lenders’ Association said: “While rent increases are subdued over the last 12 months, it is likely that this will only be a temporary respite.

“The cumulative impact of successive government regulation implemented two years ago, namely the 3% stamp duty surcharge and the removal of mortgage interest tax relief, means we may soon start to witness a more pronounced impact on the sector.”

The common consensus right now is that the ideal investment locations lie outside of London currently, and regions like the North West are where the smart money is going. This is because of the growing property prices, as evidenced by the ONS figures, and the high yields associated with northern property.

By achieving these two main property fundamentals, North West property looks to be a prime investment location for the remainder of 2018 moving forward into 2019.

For more information on our latest investment opportunities, click on the Investments tab on our homepage. Alternatively, give us a call on 0208 445 6542 or email us at info@tarquinjones.com for more details.

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