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Brunswick East: Transformed Property Landscape

Brunswick East is surrounded by hip and happening dining, entertainment and retail outlets.

PLENTY has changed for the Brunswick East neighbourhood. The suburb in Melbourne’s inner North has transformed into a gentrified area featuring some of the hippest and trendiest dining, entertainment and retail outlets in the city namely along the Fitzroy and Lygon Streets.

At its most basic, Brunswick East’s allure lies in its close proximity to Melbourne CBD. Australians, in general, prefer living out of the city – a segregation that draws a clear line between work and play, both geographically and psychologically. Conversely, Asian investors prefer to be at the heart of the action, but are compelled to invest in dwellings outside the city to accommodate the local rental market comprising mainly young Australians.

One can imagine how being only 3km – 4km from the city centre, with fantastic public transport accessibility, makes living in the Brunswick East locality extremely attractive.

Additionally, housing is bigger and comparatively more affordable to neighbouring North Fitzroy and Carlton.

Hot Market

Today, Brunswick East is known to be the most difficult suburb in Melbourne to buy a house, forcing local and international buyers and renters alike to look to apartments instead. Recent CoreLogic RP Data statistics show that median house prices have increased by 26.6% in the last 12 months as a result. In the year ending Nov 30, only 2.1% of houses in Brunswick East had been listed for sale – well below the Melbourne average of 5.3%.

Built in 1910, this Brunswick East house was recently sold for $3.4 million to a foreign investor.

To illustrate, a house built in 1910 sold for an incredible $3.4 million at a recent auction. The house, which began at a starting bid of $1.5 million and rose by increments of $100, 000 was sold to an international investor who bid via mobile phone!

Brunswick East is followed by Carlton, Fairfield, Carlton North and Fitzroy North as some the most difficult suburbs to buy into.

Conclusion

In a neighbourhood like Brunswick East, there is high potential for capital growth (5.06%) given the amenities in the locality.

But, the increase in property prices in Brunswick East has an undeniable knock-on effect on rental yields. After all, rental that is too high forces potential tenants to look slightly further afield for something better. Yes, it is a constant juggle.

However, as with the law of physics, so it is with the property cycle: what goes up will come down. Prices can only go so high before the market rights itself.

What will remain constant is the demand for rental housing. Here are 3 reasons why:

  • A 2.1% vacancy rate
  • 20% residents are students (Uni of Melbourne and RMIT are about 10 minutes away)
  • Good public transportation system with direct access to CBD
  • The incredible growth rate of Melbourne’s population – more people, more need for housing (100K migrants per year; Victoria’s growth rate of 1.8% surpasses W. Australia (1.6%) and NSW & Queensland (1.4%)
Capital Growth in the Lygon / Brunswick East suburb

Additional reading:

  1. Time Capsule House in East Brunswick to go Under the Hammer
  2. Brunswick East the Most Difficult Suburb to Buy a House
  3. The Melbourne Market Will Continue to Perform for Investors if you Know where to Buy
  4. Melbourne’s Little Italy A Guide to Lygon Street
  5. Buying into A Tightly Held Suburb of Melbourne

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Prop does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Investing in York: What the Experts Say

York is a quaint and picturesque city which has become a hot spot for property investment.

MENTION York and the first thing that comes to mind are cobbled streets, Georgian townhouses and medieval property steeped in Roman influence. Pretty. Idyllic. Serene.

But there’s more to York than mere charm. Property experts have touted York as the top rental cash cow in the UK — and it’s on paper, folks!

Investing in York?

CBRE released a report highlighting alternative cities for rental property investment (fig 1), and York is top on the list. Savills published a report of top 10 UK capital growth hotspots for 2015 – 2016 (fig 2) and York sits on top of the list – again .

Savills’ Top 10 Cities Capital Growth Hotspots 2015 – 2-16 Credit: Select Property
CBRE Top 5 Cities for Buy-to-let

The report cites that rental prices in York increased by a whopping 26% over 1 year, which is 7% more than the anywhere else in the UK (including London). Demand from students, who flocked to both of York’s universities (University of York and York St Johns University), and young professionals drove up monthly rents to £901pcm.

Why is York a Sought-After Market?

There is an excess of 21,000 students in York, but only 1,200 dedicated student beds available. York is experiencing a critical undersupply of student accommodation, which is why rental rates are rising and demand for student property is soaring.

This clearly supports our belief that London, while still presenting good capital growth (and particularly attractive for the cash-rich foreign investor), is overpriced and unable to provide the kind of rental yields that cities further afield are offering.

York’s housing supply is also limited by its natural beauty, national heritage and rich historic importance, thus making it a very sought-after market, and CBRE expects to see continued population growth there.

In summary:

  • York has been named as the UK’s highest performing property market & the best place to make a buy-to-let investment (rental property investment)
  • There is limited supply and strong demand for property from young professionals and students
  • Rents increased by 26% last year to £901pcm – 7% more than anywhere else in the UK
  • Average house price growth: 3% to £228,907

Video credit: Select Property Group

Basically, if you want short-term liquidity and rental income, York is another fabulous option for the savvy investor. What investment opportunities are there in York? Find out here.

More Reading:

  1. Buy-to-let Investors Should Forget London and Head to York
  2. The 5 Best Cities for Rental Growth
  3. Property Investment: The Superstar Agents Who Put Buyers First
  4. London House Prices Most Overvalued, Says UBS
  5. Investment by Degrees: The Growing Market for University Pads

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Prop does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260

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Time to Invest in Manchester

Planning to invest in Manchester? The £800m NOMA scheme near Manchester city centre spans 20 acres and when completed will feature four million square feet of offices, homes, shops and leisure amenities.The first phase of the project is a £100m headquarters for The Co-operative Group. NOMA will be developed over a period of 10-15 years.

EVERYONE loves London and wants to live in London. That’s understandable: after all, London is one of the world’s most historical cities and the capital of the world’s greatest empires of all time. It is also a cultural epicentre and one of the most exciting places in the world.

But #DidYouKnow that Manchester has been named by the Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) as the best UK city to live insurpassing London – for the second year running?

Manchester has now become the UK’s powerhouse city – its fastest-growing to date, and the largest economic area outside of London with £56 billion gross value added (GVA) whilst London’s annual residential rent growth slows down with property prices hitting an affordability ceiling.

We are firm believers that the time has come to invest in Manchester. And here’s why:

 

3 REASONS TO INVEST IN MANCHESTER

1. Higher rental returns than London

With its population rising at three times the pace of the national average and exceptional transport links, Manchester is now the UK’s number one city for property investment. Average rental yields are 2.78% higher than the highest yielding London borough of Newham thanks to sustained demand for rental accommodation and one of the lowest levels of housing stock in the country.

According to Savills’ Matt Oakley, Manchester has the highest number of graduate retentions of any city in the UK. In 2014, Knight Frank’s Rental Revolution report states that rental return growth in Manchester increased by 5.27% – 13 times faster than yields in London.

Manchester has experienced capital growth of 21% in the last 18 months, with growing population and shrinking property supply forecast to drive property prices up by 22.2% over the next 3 years.

2. Government investments amounting to billions of pounds

The UK government plans to build an economic powerhouse in the north of England, with the creation of enterprise zones with favourable tax conditions and devolved local government powers designed to encourage investment.

To date, a £1 billion expansion of Manchester’s airport has been announced, which will drive an additional 10 million passengers annually, while connecting Manchester to more destinations around the world. Meanwhile, the construction of the HS2, the high-speed rail, will cut the journey time from Manchester to London to only one hour

3. Strong demand for short-term rental

The relocation of the BBC, ITV and Co-Op Bank headquarters to Manchester and the growth of NOMA reaffirm Manchester’s economic growth in the UK. As more corporations move their headquarters to Manchester, there will be positive job growth in the region, thus leading to a greater requirement for both long term and short term housing.

Manchester clocked the highest demand for property and accommodation with a short-term rental in the UK in June 2015.  About 43% of letting agents reported a significant increase in interest among prospective tenants in the region.

Manchester records about 10.3 million staying visits each year, with occupancy levels at hotels in the city hitting record levels in May 2015. This demand for short term accommodation has placed a strain on the already limited number of hotels and apartments in the city, particularly as more traveling business executives look for such accommodation types as the city continues to expand economically.

If you are looking for a viable investment in the UK, it’s time to start looking to Manchester. This city, with its huge student population and growing workforce, is definitely the place to plonk your pounds and pennies.

Call us at 03-2162 2260 or 016-228 8691 or 016-228 9150 for a chat. Our advice is free but valuable.

Additional reading:

  1. George Osborne intervenes to bring Chinese Premier & Investment into Manchester
  2. Chinese Agree Investments in Manchester
  3. PM Pushes China Investment in Manchester
  4. Manchester Rising as an Investment City

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential and purpose-built student property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc); Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane) and Thailand (Bangkok). Our projects are concentrated in high-growth areas with great educational, infrastructural and job growth potentials. We aspire to make a difference in the lives of our clients by helping them achieve their investment goals through strong market research backed by third party experts and due diligence. 

Disclaimer: CSI Prop does not provide tax & legal advice and accepts no liability. Readers are encouraged to consult a qualified tax or legal advisor for a thorough review.

Need advice or clarification? Call us for more information and/or to find out about our projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260