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UK Property Outlook 2018

In 2017, low mortgage rates and healthy employment growth continued to support demand for property, whilst supply constraints provided support for house prices. However, this was offset by the looming Brexit and mounting pressure on household incomes, which exerted an increasing drag on confidence as the year progressed.

As we go into 2018 with no indication that a Brexit deal is about to be reached, some uncertainty still plagues the property markets. Nevertheless, investor confidence has returned, as can be seen from the recent price recovery. In this article CSI Prop analyses the current trends and predictions of the property market for the year.

CBRE’s 2018 Market Outlook forecasts continuing economic growth for the UK, despite the uncertainties caused by Brexit. The report states that those uncertainties are likely to peak this year.

Some sectors will weather the uncertainty well, including industrials and the so-called ‘beds’ sectors (build-to-rent, hotels, student accommodation and healthcare). This is because these sectors exhibit non-cyclical characteristics, or serious mismatches of supply and demand, or some form of structural change.

In its annual market housing forecast, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) said that house price growth in the UK would slow with the number of transactions falling slightly, driven by political and economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit and the lack of available stock.

However, despite these factors weighing on the market, the chronic undersupply of housing is likely to support prices, the organisation said. RICS expects prices to drift higher in some parts of the UK with the strongest gains in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the northwest of England, which includes cities such as Manchester, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle. But, a slump in asking prices across London and the South East will drag down prices in the rest of the UK so that overall growth remains flat.

The Government recently announced its ambition of building 300,000 homes a year in the Autumn Budget alongside a tranche of policies aimed at increasing the housing supply. However, RICS said that as many of these measures won’t come into effect until the mid-2020s, they will do little to alleviate the immediate housing crisis.

 

Residential property to increase across UK

In 2018, the Office for Budget Responsibility expects a 3.1% increase of house prices across the UK, with prices bolstered by first-time buyers benefiting from the stamp duty cuts. Countrywide, the biggest agency in the UK, thinks prices across the country will go up by 2%. More conservatively, real estate firms Savills and JLL both predict a rise of 1%.

Of the two big lenders that operate well-known price indices, Nationwide said it expected property values to be broadly flat in 2018, with perhaps a marginal gain of around 1%. Halifax allowed itself some wiggle room, predicting UK growth from 0% to 3%.

However, in January 2018, the market has, so far, outperformed expectations. Rightmove stated that the average price of a property coming on to the market has gone up by nearly £2,000 compared with last month.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) reports that the average house price in the UK as a whole was £226,000, up 5.1% YOY.

Average UK house prices from January 2005 to November 2017 (Souce & credit: ONS).
Average UK house prices from January 2005 to November 2017 (Souce & credit: ONS).

Russell Quirk, chief executive of online estate agent eMoov, is broadly optimistic about the market in 2018: “UK house prices are up 5% since last December and we predict that they will continue to increase at a similar rate in 2018 as the market has already begun to find its feet again.”

Public confidence in the market has risen beyond initial forecasts, and we think that the outlook for the market, as a whole, is positive.

 

London property charts weak growth

Homes in the capital sold for an average of £482,000, an increase of 2.4% (£11,000) in 2017, according to the latest figures from Land Registry and ONS.

London’s house prices remain the highest in the country but the capital continues to experience the weakest price growth as buyers continue to be held back by affordability constraints.

Richard Snook, senior economist at PwC commented: “Continuing the recent regional trend, London is the weakest performer. House prices have now declined for four consecutive months, from the high of £490,000 in July to £482,000 in November.

“But due to growth earlier in the year, prices are still 2.3% higher than 12 months ago,” he said.

 

Regional markets

The strong 5% (£11,300) increase in house prices was thanks, in part, to strong annual growth in the regional markets.

This increase was led by the West Midlands region, where the average sold price was £192,000, which is 7.2% higher than a year before.

Manchester had one of the highest price growths, up 12.7% with an average sale price of £175,312, whilst Liverpool gained 10.8% (£131,707). Sheffield was up 8.1% (£160,974) with Birmingham at 7.8% (£177,728). London was a drag on overall growth, with the central city having a drop of 10.9% (£729,134).

Annual Price Change by local authority, year to Nov 2017
Annual Price Change by local authority, year to Nov 2017

The figures also showed rises in lending to home movers and remortgaging, despite the Bank of England’s decision to raise the base rate to 0.5% last November.

“The data shows housing market activity remains buoyant, despite November’s rise in the base rate,” said Paul Smee, Head of Mortgages at UK Finance.

“Steady increases in lending for house purchases together with increases in homeowner remortgages reflect a keenness among consumers to benefit from still historically low interest rates, and a highly competitive marketplace,” he said.

Meanwhile, the B16 postcode — Ladywood, in Birmingham, named last year as having the highest levels of child poverty in the UK — has seen the sharpest rise in property prices, according to Barclays Mortgages. They rose by 17% in 2017, as buyers snapped up cheap homes. The Office for National Statistics says Brum lured 6,510 Londoners last year, with 5,280 going back to the capital, thanks to employers such as HSBC and HS2 expanding in the city.

Hometrack says that in Glasgow, Liverpool and Newcastle, the current house-price-to-earnings ratio is lower than the 15-year average, which makes them good value ahead of likely increases in the longer term.

Savills identifies Birmingham, Manchester and the overall Northwest as the top places for buy-to-let investors, with the highest comparative returns. Image credit: propertyreporter.co.uk
Savills identifies Birmingham, Manchester and the overall Northwest as the top places for buy-to-let investors, with the highest  comparative returns. Image credit: propertyreporter.co.uk

Rental yields

The buy-to-let market has faced tougher taxes and mortgage affordability criteria over the last year. The introduction of the stamp duty surcharge on additional property, changes to tax relief and tighter lending criteria have cut into landlords’ pockets.

According to UK Finance, the number of buy-to-let mortgages granted for purchasing a property was 75,300 in the year to the end of August 2017 – 47% lower than in the year to March 2016. The growth in the number of outstanding buy-to-let mortgages is lower still, at just 24,800, and there is evidence that some investors are shedding stock.

However, irrespective of the support provided by the Bank of Mum and Dad and Help to Buy, little has changed for the deposit-constrained first-time buyer and the demand for rental stock will continue to grow.

Savills identifies Birmingham, Manchester and the overall Northwest as the top places for buy-to-let investors, with the highest comparative returns. They predict a 4.5% average annual return for Birmingham and Manchester, and 4.1% for the Northwest.

Net rental yields in 2017 once mortgage costs are taken into account (Source: Private Finance)
Nett rental yields in 2017 once mortgage costs are taken into account (Source: Private Finance)

Comparatively, mortgage brokers Private Finance place Liverpool at the top for nett rental yields in 2017 once mortgage costs are taken into account, at a whopping 8%. Manchester here is in fourth place at 4.3%.

With lower supply, and increasing demand as house prices continue to be out of reach for the majority of first-time buyers, the buy-to-let market remains lucrative for investors.

We see the property market as a whole on recovery from Brexit in 2018, and investors can get the best returns from investments in the regional markets.

Article by Ian Choong

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc) and Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane). 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. 

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Australia Property Outlook 2018

Subdued, Yet Still Robust

It has been said that housing is, by far, one of Australia’s largest assets and the foundation of its household wealth, financial system and economy. Little wonder, that: as of Dec 2017, the total value of the nation’s 10 million residential dwellings stands at $6.8 trillion according to latest official estimates by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

Over the last 5 years, house prices in Sydney and Melbourne — two of Australia’s biggest property markets — had increased 75% and 59%, respectively.

Just 3 months ago (Oct 2017), a report by the Swiss-based Bank of International Settlements (BIS) pegged Australia as having the 6th highest rise in annual property prices in the world over the last 5 decades, with house prices surging 6556% since the 1960s at an average increase of 8.1% per year.

Be that as it may, Australia’s housing market saw substantial moderation in 2017 (particularly the second half) led largely by Sydney, and, to a lesser extent, Melbourne, due to stricter lending measures which have affected investor appetite. What, then, would the outlook be like in 2018?

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) pegged Australia as having the 6th highest rise in annual property prices in the world over the last 5 decades, with house prices surging 6556% since the 1960s at an average increase of 8.1% per year. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2ri0BEl

The Bank of International Settlements (BIS) pegged Australia as having the 6th highest rise in annual property prices in the world over the last 5 decades, with house prices surging 6556% since the 1960s at an average increase of 8.1% per year. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2ri0BEl

The property market will continue to see growth in 2018, albeit at fairly modest levels as tightened regulatory and lending criteria for investors remain in place. The moderation of house values across Australia will be driven by Sydney, which had already begun experiencing a drop in price levels in Nov 2017.

Yes, it does appear that the Sydney boom is over, but while we agree with the common perception that prices in Sydney may fall in 2018, we don’t think the prices will drop drastically within the year.

In Melbourne, price growth will also ease though not at Sydney’s rates, given that property is more affordable. Speculators are pulling back but serious investors know that the city is backed by strong population growth. Again, in both cities, we don’t see anything that suggests widespread declines in prices.

Perth will be a city to watch as we think the housing market has finally reached its bottom. Market experts predict that Perth property prices will be flat in 2018, but that interest levels and, consequently, demand will eventually pick up. A recent ANZ-Property Council Survey reveals that confidence levels in Western Australia are rising to similar levels seen in Australia’s eastern states.

Experts are also predicting modest growth to continue in Adelaide and Brisbane, slowing at more moderate levels in Canberra. Hobart, Australia’s stand-out performer last year, will continue to have strong growth levels, albeit slower than its double-digit surge in 2017.

The value of the property market next year will depend largely on whether the Bank of Australia (RBA) will increase interest rates, or if there will be further tightening on lending criteria. That said, it looks unlikely that interest rates will budge from the 1.5% level that it is at currently.

SILVER LINING

Australia’s housing market has remained vibrant due to active investor activity and strong population growth.

The latest Foreign Investment Review Board (FIRB) Annual Report 2015-2016 found that residential real estate applications had increased by 19% to to $72.4bn in 2015-2016 compared to $60.8bn in the previous year. The total number of applications approved for residential real estate had also jumped from 36,841 to 40,149 during this period. It is interesting to note that residential property approvals comprised 96.9% of all foreign investment approvals.

FIRB's largest residential approvals were in Victoria (44%), followed by New South Wales (32%), Queensland (17%) and Western Australia (4%). Image & source credit: FIRB
FIRB’s largest residential approvals were in Victoria (44%), followed by New South Wales (32%), Queensland (17%) and Western Australia (4%). Image & source credit: FIRB

The largest residential approvals were in Victoria (44%), followed by New South Wales (32%), Queensland (17%) and Western Australia (4%). Meanwhile, the top 10 countries that dominate real estate in Australia include China (highest at $31.9m), US, Singapore, Malaysia and Japan.

It must be noted that Chinese investments has levelled off over the past year due to tightened investment regulations in China. Charles Pittar, CEO of international property site, Juwai.com, said, “Over the past year we have seen growth in Chinese investment level off, from 90% growth in Chinese buyer enquiries via Juwai.com in 2015 to 28% in 2016.”

 

STRONG POPULATION GROWTH

Tightened regulations will continue to moderate investor sentiment, but not too substantially, as the housing market remains underpinned by strong population growth. This will translate to increased demand for housing.

The latest report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that Australia’s population grew by 388,100 people with Victoria being the fastest-growing state or territory, with a population increase of 2.3%.

The latest report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that Australia’s population grew by 388,100 people and Nett Overseas Migration at a 27% increase. Source & image credit: Australian Bureau of Statistics
The latest report by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows that Australia’s population grew by 388,100 people and Nett Overseas Migration at a 27% increase.  Victoria charted the highest population increase in Australia. Source & image credit: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Nett overseas migration (NOM) was recorded at 245,400 in 2017 — an increase of 27% from the previous 12 months. New South Wales (NSW) was the most popular destination with NOM of 98,600 followed by Victoria with 86,900, Queensland (31,100) and Western Australia (13,100).

“NOM in NSW and Victoria increased by 31% and 23%, respectively. This growth has seen both states surpass their previous recorded high in 2008-09,” said ABS Demography Director Beidar Cho.

 

CONTINUED INVESTMENT POTENTIAL

Despite the cooling in price growths in the mainstream markets, Australia will continue to attract migrants, says Virata Thaivasigamony of CSI Prop.

“There is a strong desire to live in Australia, and this will cause demand for property to increase,” he says. “Naturally, investors will question whether property will remain a good investment, but it is the strategic investors who will view property with a long term outlook. This period of slower growth is a buying opportunity for long term appreciation.”

Movements in some of the main cities in Australia projected from 2017 – 2020. Image source & credit: QBE Housing Outlook 2017-2020

For whatever it’s worth, the current ANZ-Property Council of Australia Confidence Index (March quarter) came in at 137.7 in their latest survey, just below the all-time high of 139.5 in the final quarter of 2017. That’s a lot of confidence in the market!

Article by Vivienne Pal

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential property in cities across the United Kingdom (London, Luton, Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle, York, Glasgow, Scotland; Sheffield, etc) and Australia (Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane). 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. 

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Malaysian Property Market to Decline in 2018

Despite positive economic growth, the year 2017 saw Malaysia struggling to shrug off a severely weakened currency, international infamy due to the 1MDB scandal, and a declining property market.

While the ringgit has rallied, bursting through the start of 2018 at a high, the outlook continues to look bleak for the local property sector.

The Malaysian Reserve reports that high- and low-end properties are not expected to see any immediate rebound as affordability, excess stock, and economic and political concerns cast a dark shadow on what was once a vibrant sector.

That there is a glut in the market is now a clear understatement. Data by the National Property Information Centre (Napic) revealed that there were 130,690 unsold residential properties in the country during the first quarter of 2017 — the highest in 10 years!

The total unsold units in Napic’s findings include overhang (completed, but unsold) units, unsold under construction units, as well as SoHo (small office/home office) units and serviced apartments.

Data by the National Property Information Centre (Napic) revealed that there were 130,690 unsold residential properties in the country during the first quarter of 2017 — the highest in 10 years! Source: Napic; Image credit: http://bit.ly/2CtnTIm
Data by the National Property Information Centre (Napic) revealed that there were 130,690 unsold residential properties in the country during the first quarter of 2017 — the highest in 10 years! Source: Napic; Image credit: http://bit.ly/2CtnTIm

83% of the unsold units constitutes the above-RM250,000 category and 61% of the total unsold units comprise high-rise properties, of which 89% were priced above RM250,000. The value of unsold and unutilised properties comes to an estimated RM35.5 billion.

And, with the impending general elections, consumers are exercising more caution in big-ticket long-term purchases.

Affin Hwang Investment Bank Bhd analyst Loong Chee Wei told The Malaysian Reserve that the property market is far from seeing any recovery due to the rising cost of living and the disconnect between society’s income and affordability level.

Local property investors looking to gain from property appreciation and hefty returns from the sale of properties, need to manage expectations as this year looks to be a buyers market (and a renters market). Property sales will not be as attractive as it used to be.

More’s the pity, then, given the rosy Malaysian economic outlook for 2018 and the steady ringgit growth. Public Investment Bank Bhd’s research arm reports that Malaysia is slated to become the second fastest growing economy in Asean.

Total unsold residential properties by state in Malaysia as of 1Q 2017. Source: Napic; Image credit: Data by the National Property Information Centre (Napic) revealed that there were 130,690 unsold residential properties in the country during the first quarter of 2017 — the highest in 10 years! Source: Napic; Image credit: http://bit.ly/2CtnTIm
Total unsold residential properties by state in Malaysia as of 1Q 2017. Source: Napic; Image credit: Data by the National Property Information Centre (Napic) revealed that there were 130,690 unsold residential properties in the country during the first quarter of 2017 — the highest in 10 years! Source: Napic; Image credit: http://bit.ly/2CtnTIm

With the local property market at an uncertainty, some investors bide their time and jump at the opportunity to invest when the price is right (e.g. offered at fire sale prices), and then hold until the property market cycle goes into an upward trend, before they sell for a profit. 

Others diversify their investments into high-yielding, growing markets overseas, such as Australia and the UK, where the currency is stronger, hence rental returns and appreciation are at a higher value than the ringgit. 

Unlike Malaysia, these countries are facing critical undersupply in housing  due to population growth as a result of migration, jobs creation and educational opportunities.

“The UK and Australia have strong growth potential. The population and its demand for housing have grown faster than supply, causing property prices to keep appreciating. It is also because of this, that there is a strong rental market,” says property expert Virata Thaivasigamony of CSI Prop.

“With the current and forecasted performance of the ringgit, alongside the weakened pound and Australian dollar, investors now have the opportunity to invest from a position of strength. Diversifying investments is key to hedging against uncertainties both locally and globally.”

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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Melbourne’s New Metro Tunnel Boosts Housing Demand

The Metro Tunnel, Melbourne’s state-of-the-art underground project is set to boost efficiency and ease congestion in the city’s transport system, while boosting property prices within the vicinity of its stations. 

Good news for Melbourne dwellers: the $11 billion Metro Tunnel project in Melbourne will start construction next year.

Due for completion in 2026, the twin nine-kilometre tunnels will deliver a new dedicated pathway through the heart of the city. This will free up Melbourne’s biggest bottleneck by running three of the busiest train lines through the tunnel, creating space for more trains to run more often across Melbourne’s rail network. Those three lines are each among the worst in Melbourne for peak-hour overcrowding, with multiple trains per day that breach Public Transport Victoria’s load standard of 900 passengers per train.

The Metro Tunnel is the first step towards a ‘metro style’ rail network for Melbourne with ‘turn-up-and-go’ train services that are the hallmark of the world’s great cities such as London, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Currently, commuters using Melbourne’s rail network have to rely on a timetable detailing what time trains will arrive, and plan their journeys around that.

Premier Daniel Andrews says commuters will be able to throw away the timetable after the Metro Tunnel project is complete.

“This project is all about turn-up-and-go, no-timetable-required public transport,” he told reporters in Melbourne.

The new train tunnel will rival the underground networks of Paris and Hong Kong, with state-of-the-art signalling technology that can run trains every three minutes.

The Metro Tunnel will create a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the west to Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east, with high capacity trains and five new underground stations located at Arden, Parkville, the CBD and Domain.

The five new underground stations are at North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library at the northern end of Swanston Street, Town Hall at the southern end of Swanston Street, and Anzac on St Kilda Road.

The two stations under Swanston Street will be directly connected to the City Loop at Melbourne Central and Flinders Street stations.

By creating a new dedicated pathway through the inner core for Sunbury, Cranbourne and Pakenham services, more trains will be able to run more often on five other lines across the metropolitan rail network. The Craigieburn, Upfield, Frankston, Sandringham and Werribee lines will all benefit from this unlocked capacity.

As a result, capacity will be created on the network to enable 39,000 more passengers to use the rail system during each peak period. This will mean a less crowded and more reliable train network. More trains also means fewer cars on the roads, helping to tackle congestion in the suburbs.

The construction and operation of the Metro Tunnel is expected to create about 7000 jobs, and increase Victoria’s Gross State Product by at least $7 billion. It will go a long way towards maintaining Melbourne’s status as one of the world’s most liveable cities. This is expected to support the price growth of property in the area, benefiting property investors in Melbourne.

By Ian Choong

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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UK Government Continues Focus on Northern Powerhouse

The recent Autumn Budget clearly demonstrates the importance that the UK Government has placed in the Northern Powerhouse as the country’s emerging economic juggernaut. Allocations have been made into the transport and digital tech sectors, giving the northern economy a huge boost in jobs creation and population. Read on to find out why investments into the Northern Powerhouse makes sense.

The UK Government continues its momentum of rebalancing the country’s development focus, reducing its concentration in London and pushing it up towards the North. The importance of investing in the Northern Powerhouse to drive economic growth, has been recognised in the Chancellor’s recent Autumn Budget, with increased funding announced for infrastructure across the North.

The Northern Powerhouse, an initiative by David Cameron’s government, was established to boost economic growth in the North of England, particularly in what is termed as the “Core Cities”, namely Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield, Hull and Newcastle. Its aim is to reposition the British economy, shifting the traditional focus from London and the South East, to the North.

In the Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond promised a £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links between suburbs and cities outside of London. Half this amount will go to the six combined authorities with elected metro mayors, including £243m for Greater Manchester and £134m for the Liverpool City Region. The other half will go to the other cities by way of bidding.

The fund is designed to address weaknesses in city transport systems in order to spread prosperity by improving connectivity, reducing congestion and introducing new mobility services and technology. In practice, it will mean spending on improving buses, trams, cycle lanes and other initiatives in the regions.

In the Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond promised a £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links between suburbs and cities outside of London. Half this amount will go to the six combined authorities with elected metro mayors, including £243m for Greater Manchester and £134m for the Liverpool City Region. Image credit: HM Government
In the Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond promised a £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund to improve transport links between suburbs and cities outside of London. Half this amount will go to the six combined authorities with elected metro mayors, including £243m for Greater Manchester and £134m for the Liverpool City Region. Image credit: HM Government

Transport links are important to drive the regional economy, allowing growing businesses to tap into the local workforce. As the economy develops and cities expand, demand for housing will grow with the population increase it brings. This makes property a favourable investment to make, especially in the light of the severe shortage of housing in the UK.

Additionally, the fund will allow links between the new High Speed 2 (HS2) stations and local transport networks, complementing its development in improving movement throughout the regions.  The HS2 is a planned high-speed railway in the United Kingdom which is poised to be the new backbone of the national rail network, linking London, Birmingham, the East Midlands, Leeds and Manchester.

A sum of £300m will go towards ensuring that the HS2’s infrastructure can accommodate future Northern Powerhouse Rail and Midlands Connect services. This would enable faster services between the Northern cities of Liverpool and Manchester, Sheffield, Leeds and York, as well as towards the East Midlands and London.

Chris Grayling, the Secretary of State for Transport said: “Investment in transport is crucial to a strong and resilient economy. The Transforming Cities Fund will drive productivity and growth in cities where this is most needed, connecting communities and making it quicker and easier for people to get around.

“We have already seen the impact of better integrated transport links for both passengers and the local economy in cities like Nottingham and Manchester. This new fund will enable more English cities to reap these benefits, helping to deliver the opportunities and ambition of the Industrial Strategy across the country, as well as driving forward the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands Engine.”

The Industrial Strategy is Prime Minister Theresa May’s road-map for boosting productivity growth and encouraging investment in the UK, to help deliver a “stronger economy and a fairer society”. On the other hand, the Midlands Engine is the initiative to drive economic growth in the Midlands regions, in cities like Birmingham, Stoke-on-Trent and Nottingham — the Midlands’ equivalent to the Northern Powerhouse.

The Chancellor also announced additional funding for development projects in the North, targeted towards the business, technology, research and development sectors, building upon work done previously.

The Tech City scheme will be expanded nationwide, and is set to receive £21m in funding over the next four years. Tech City was started in London in 2011 to accelerate the growth of the UK digital tech sector, through a series of programmes, research and events.

Since its launch, the scheme has helped the digital tech start-up and scale-up sectors become the UK’s fastest growing industry. The UK tech sector had a turnover of £170 billion in 2015, an increase of 22% in five years. More than 1.7 million people now work in the digital tech sector and jobs are being created at twice the rate of other sectors in the economy, 85,000 of which were created from the past year alone!

The digital tech sector is one of the UK’s economic success stories, growing twice as fast as the wider economy and creating highly skilled workers and well-paid jobs. Image credit: www.techcityuk.com
The digital tech sector is one of the UK’s economic success stories, growing twice as fast as the wider economy and creating highly skilled workers and well-paid jobs. Image credit: www.techcityuk.com

In line with its new focus, this scheme is renamed to Tech Nation, and aims to bring jobs, skills and higher productivity to the regions. Leeds and Sheffield will become home to a Tech Hub, which will support businesses and enable skills in the area to thrive and prosper.

Hammond said, “A new tech business is founded in Britain every hour. And I want that to be every half hour.”

The Chancellor also extended the National Productivity Investment Fund for a further year, expanding it to more than £31bn. The fund was a £23bn fiscal stimulus introduced by Hammond in 2016, to tackle the UK’s poor productivity and lower growth forecasts resulting from Brexit.

A further £2.3bn is being allocated for investment in research and development, while £500m of investment will go into a range of technological initiatives ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) to 5G and full fibre broadband.

Lee Dentith, CEO and founder of the Now HealthCare Group, added: “This is a good start and will work towards ensuring the UK stays at the forefront of technological innovation. AI is vital in transforming the health of our nation and R&D investment from PhD student level onwards will help us and other digital health businesses develop pioneering solutions to tackle health problems.”

In furthering devolution for the regions, the Chancellor also announced a new deal for the North of Tyne region, a new combined authority comprising the Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside councils. Devolution is about giving more governmental powers to the local authorities for regional self-government. A mayor will be elected for the combined authority of North of Tyne and he or she will be able to exercise these devolved powers. The North of Tyne will elect their mayor in May 2019.

The focus of this devolution deal is to create “more and better” jobs in the Northeast. Initial analysis finding 10,000 jobs could be created, 25% of which would be south of the Tyne. £337m will go towards the Tyne & Wear Metro, which is vital funding for it to replace its ageing trains.

In the aftermath of Brexit, the UK is mobilizing its economy in a massive push towards economic development, with emphasis on building the regions. For investors this will mean a strong outlook for the property market in the UK outside of London, and new regional property developments are particularly attractive investments.

By Ian Choong

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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.

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UK Landlord Licensing

The Landlord Licensing scheme has recently taken effect in several cities and boroughs in the United Kingdom.

The scheme, which is also known as selective licensing, sets out to ensure that landlords are “fit or proper persons”, and that the buildings being let out are fit for occupation. If someone cannot meet the ‘fit and proper’ landlord criteria the scheme sets out, they will be refused a licence.

Despite having been introduced in certain areas recently, it is not new, and was provided for by the UK Housing Act 2004. Nonetheless, enforcement of Landlord Licensing is still in its infancy. Several city councils, for example, Bradford, Luton, Stoke & York have yet to implement the scheme (as at time of publication), whilst Liverpool and Manchester enforced the scheme in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Selective licensing really is an attempt to improve the rental market by raising standards and helping to identify non-compliant landlords and management agents who do not invest in their properties or manage them properly.

Areas are designated for selective licensing upon the discretion of the local council. Often a scheme will only cover certain wards or areas of a city, and under new rules only 20% of a council’s area can be selectively licensed without a special application being made.

A scheme lasts for five years and can be renewed if the local council deems it necessary.

Right now Liverpool is running the scheme citywide, while Manchester has introduced licensing in only some parts of the Crumpsall, Moss Side and Rusholme areas.

Landlords in London can use the London Property Licensing website to find out whether they are in an area covered by a scheme, but there is no countrywide list of schemes. Checking with the local council is the safest strategy.

Where selective licensing applies, then normally all houses within the private rented sector for that area must be licensed, except where they require to be licensed as HMOs (houses in multiple occupation). Licensable HMO properties are properties with three or more storeys, and are occupied by five or more tenants not from a single household. Non-licensable HMOs must be licensed under selective licensing.

Some properties are exempt from selective licensing. These include:

  • Holiday lets
  • Business premises
  • Student premises where the university is the landlord/manager
  • Premises where the tenant is a family member

Each local council sets their own licence fees and discounts, and the licences last until the end of the 5-year period. In Manchester the licence costs £650, with each additional licence costing £550. Liverpool charges a fee of £400 for the first, with each subsequent licence costing £350.

In Liverpool, properties managed by professional managers who are members of one of the council’s approved co-regulation organisations (e.g. the Association of Residential Lettings) are entitled to a 50% discounted fee. This means that investors of property developments like Queensland Place and Parliament Place need only pay £200 for the licence.

If the property consists of en-suite units in a cluster sharing a common living area, only a single licence is required for the whole cluster. Student accommodation is a good example of this. This means that cost of one licence can be divided amongst the individual units, greatly reducing the price of licensing.

This is good news for investors in student accommodation. The more units one cluster has, the greater the division, and the lower the cost of licensing. However, studio apartments with no common living area will require a single licence for each individual apartment.

The local councils are taking this very seriously. In October last year, a landlord in Liverpool was fined £1,500 due to his failure to obtain a licence.

“The punishments can be very high,” says Richard Tacagni, founder and managing director of property consultancy London Property Licensing. “Landlords can be forced to pay 12 months’ rent back to a tenant, or could be told that they are unable to rent out a property in future.”

Article by Ian Choong

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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.

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UK Bank Raises Interest Rates

Experts and industry players are clear that the increase in interest rates will not have too adverse an effect on the property market. In fact, the UK’s property market will take the rise in its stride, according to ratings agency Moody’s.

The official bank rate in the UK has been lifted from 0.25% to 0.5%, the first increase since July 2007. The move reverses the cut in August of last year, which was made in the wake of the vote to leave the European Union.

Even with the increase, interest rates still remain at historic lows. To lend some perspective, Malaysia’s interest rates are at a high 3%, while the interest rates for Australia and Singapore are at 1.5% and 1.1%, respectively.

Higher interest rates increase the cost of borrowing money, which moderates economic growth and brings inflation under control.The panel which sets interest rates, called the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC), has justified the rate increase by pointing to record-low unemployment, rising inflation and stronger global economic growth.

 

In contract, Malaysia's interest rates are at a far higher 3% compared to UK's 0.5%. Image credit: Trading Economics
In contract, Malaysia’s interest rates are at a far higher 3% compared to UK’s 0.5%. Image credit: Trading Economics

Bank of England governor Mark Carney stated that the UK economy is expected to grow at about 1.7% for the next few years. He said this would require “about two more interest rate increases over the next three years”, taking the official rate to 1%.

The Bank of England (BOE) has been reluctant to raise interest rates until now, arguing that inflation had been boosted by the fall in the value of the pound since the Brexit vote in June of last year. OBR predicts inflation will peak at 3% this quarter before falling back towards its 2% target over the next year.

Expectedly, the increase in interest rates will cause knock-on effects in the UK property market. Homeowners on variable rate mortgages, whether it is a standard variable rate or a tracker rate, will be most affected. However, homeowners whose mortgages are on a fixed rate will not be affected by the rate hike until  they remortgage their property.

Higher mortgage payments caused by rising rates can put less households in reach of a mortgage (loan). The lower competition can reduce demand for property which will in turn slow down property price growth. Correspondingly, the market for rental properties will increase as people who might have bought a house can now only afford to rent. This, from the investor perspective, is a good thing.

Experts and industry players are clear that the increase in interest rates will not have too adverse an effect on the property market. In fact, the UK’s property market will take the rise in its stride, according to ratings agency Moody’s.

Moody’s economist Colin Ellis said, “We have expected a rate rise for some time. This is about taking away emergency stimulus introduced after the referendum vote. A rise of 25 basis points [0.25%] is not going to move the dial. A rise of 0.25% pales into insignificance compared to the 8%-10% decline in the currency.”

Surveys from major mortgage lenders Halifax and Nationwide have painted a buoyant picture of the housing market. Halifax reported that house prices in the UK were rising at their fastest annual pace since February, up 4.5% to a record £225,826. Nationwide’s house price index also showed prices picking up in October, to an annual rate of 2.5%, the highest reading recorded in three months.

Savills predicts the housing market will grow by 14% from 2018 to 2022 based on an assumed Bank base rate of 2.25% by 2022. The north-west of England is set to experience the fastest price growth in the UK over the next five years: a surge of 18.1%.

Savills also forecast that rents are set to grow faster than house prices in London for the first time since 2011. They are forecast to rise 17% over the next five years, despite a 3% fall this year.

Virata Thaivasigamony of property consultancy CSI Prope commented, “The interest rates are now still very low, so it’s a good time to get into property. The fact that the UK is increasing interest rates at this time is a great statement of confidence in its economy, that Brexit is no longer a cause for concern.

“The UK has had a housing crisis over the past few years, and the increase in interest rates isn’t going to change the basic fact that people still need homes — which are a basic necessity. If people can’t afford to mortgage, they will have to rent. You’ll see rental income potentially going up, as demand for housing continues its upward trend.”

Interest rates remaining near historic lows bodes well for buyers, and today’s market still reflects some of the cheapest debt a property buyer will be able to attain in the market.

Article by Ian Choong

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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.

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Property Investors Benefit from UK Stamp Duty Cut

The abolishment of the stamp duty for property up to £300,000 in the recently announced UK Budget will largely benefit first-time house buyers as well as investors/ current owners.

The UK Budget, announced just a few days ago, was billed the ‘Housing Budget’, with housing placed at the heart of the British government’s spending plans.

Chancellor Philip Hammond announced that more money will be poured into housing over the next five years to ensure that land is available, that homes, including affordable homes, and supporting infrastructure will be built where needed.

But the real headline-grabber was the abolishment of the Stamp Duty and Land Tax for first-time buyers, which is effective immediately.

Stamp duty and land tax is a lump sum payment imposed on purchases of property or land over £125,000. The tax rate varies depending on the value of the property.

The new Budget stipulates that stamp duty will not be imposed on purchases of property priced up to £300,000 outside London.  Meanwhile, in high priced areas like London, exemptions will be availablle on the first £300,000 of the purchase price of properties up to £500,000.

The Chancellor said that this is effectively a stamp duty cut for 95% of first time buyers and that going forward 80% of first time buyers will not pay the tax.

The changes in stamp duty announced in the UK Budget on 22 November, is effective immediately and will not just benefit first-time buyers, but also current owners/investors. . Image credit: http://bit.ly/2BkH1Is
The changes in stamp duty announced in the UK Budget on 22 November, is effective immediately and will not just benefit first-time buyers, but also current property owners/investors. Image credit: http://bit.ly/2BkH1Is

The Chancellor introduced the policy after it was revealed that the number of people under 45 who own their own home has fallen by 20% since the Tories took power seven years ago.

While the new policy will largely benefit first-time house buyers, investors will benefit, too, as demand will push up property prices, which, together with the inherent lack of supply, will continue to drive people to rent. This will keep the rental market strong.

“The abolishment of stamp duty for property under £300,000 will fuel a spike in the prices of homes within this range due to increased demand and a rush to buy currently available property within this price range,” says CSI Prop spokesperson Virata Thaivasigamony.

“It’s a double-edged sword and boils down to housing availability. The reality is that there is a housing undersupply in the UK with little likelihood that supply will increase in such a short period,” he adds, alluding to the Chancellor’s pledge to increase construction of new homes to 300,000 a year on average by the mid-2020s (up from 217,000 last year).

The secretary of state responsible for housing, Sajid Javid, has said that up to 300,000 additional homes must be built in England annually, up from about 150,000 in 2015 and a little more than 220,000 over the past year. Some industry players say this looks increasingly unlikely given the significant national deficit and ongoing debates over green belt construction.

The Office for Budget Responsibility said that the tax break could push property prices up by approximately 0.3%, with most of the increase coming in 2018. It also said that it is the current property owners who would be the main gainers of the new policy.

HMRC has also confirmed in a statement that while the new stamp duty policy reduces the upfront cost of buying a home for first time buyers, it is also expected to lead to an increase in house prices in the first year after implementation.

Meanwhile, with the increase in prices and undersupply in housing comes a continued demand for the private rented sector. The Property Wire quotes Andrew Turner, chief executive of brokerage Commercial Trust Limited, as saying that there could be a higher demand for private sector homes in Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool where landlords are already enjoying higher yields than in London.

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has predicted that 1.8 million more households would be looking to rent by 2025 as a result of increasingly unaffordable homes.

Dorian Gonsalves, chief executive officer of franchise lettings agency Belvoir, pointed out that demand for rental properties is set to remain high. 

He pointed out that many young people are actively choosing to rent rather than to become first time buyers and that is not necessarily going to change.

‘The reasons for renting are numerous, and many young people simply do not want the commitment of a 25 year loan,’ said Gonsalves.

What was rather unexpected in the Autumn Budget was the announcement that capital gains tax (CGT) will be imposed on all real estate types, to be effective likely by April 2019. Currently, CGT is only imposed on residential property.

This, however, is unlikely to affect investor appetite much, as many other jurisdictions already impose CGT on foreign property investors. Additionally, the robustness, transparency and resilience of the UK property market — on top of the weakened pound — continue to remain top criteria for foreign investors.

The Autumn Budget has also given local councils the authority to double taxes on empty properties. Under the new rules, local councils can charge up to an extra 100% of council tax if a home has been empty for two years or more, up from the current 50%.

Looking for projects below the £300,000 and  £500,000 (London) range? Contact us at 03-2162 2260.

Article by Vivienne Pal

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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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UK Taxes & the Common Reporting Standard – Investor Club

In the hall at the CRS & Tax Talk
The crowd pay close attention during our Investor Club UK Taxes & Common Reporting Standard Q&A session with the panel of experts.

The recent CSI Prop Investor Club event was a resounding success — a wholesome combination of learning, good food and networking. This instalment of our Investor Club focused on taxes and UK property, and the global and automatic exchange of financial information under the Common Reporting Standard (CRS).

The atmosphere was relaxed and slightly festive, with decor and food lending a nod to the recent Deepavali celebration.

Kierson Hughes, our specially invited guest speaker from Adams & Moore Tax Consultancy Ltd, a UK-based accountancy and tax firm, took our clients through the various property taxes for investors. Kierson has more than 25 years of experience in the industry and, together with her team, has handled a portfolio of over 3,000 clients.

Kierson Hughes at the Tax Talk
Kierson Hughes highlighted the importance of promptly filing UK tax returns, even if the tax is not applicable to the investor, in order to avoid penalties.

Kierson highlighted two taxes that UK property investors should note: the Stamp Duty Land Tax, which is paid upon purchase of a property, and the Capital Gains Tax, payable upon sale of a property. She also stressed on the importance of promptly filing UK tax returns, even if the tax is not applicable to the investor, in order to avoid penalties.

In the second part of the learning session, guest speakers Fennie Lim and Alvin Yap enlightened clients on the Common Reporting Standard, an international effort involving the automatic sharing of individuals’ financial and tax information among more than 100 member countries/ jurisdictions to combat tax evasion.

Fennie and Alvin speaking at the CRS Talk
Fennie and Alvin speaking about the Common Reporting Standard and international automatic exchange of information.

Fennie is the executive director of Crowe Horwath KL Tax Sdn Bhd, and has 25 years of experience in income tax compliance, tax advisory and indirect tax, as well as tax investigations and field audits.

Alvin, the associate director of Wealth Management at Crowe Horwath KL Tax Sdn Bhd, has more than 20 years experience in personal and corporate risk management, specialising in asset protection, preservation planning and business succession planning.

Reportable accounts under the CRS includes interests earned, dividends, sales proceeds from financial assets and income from certain insurance contracts. Property is among the fixed assets currently not covered by the CRS.  49 jurisdictions have already implemented the CRS this year, with the remaining to follow suit in 2018. Malaysia is among the 53 jurisdictions that will commence its reporting next year. 

The food at the CRS and Tax Talk
In keeping with the festive theme, our team arranged for a sumptuous serving of delicious Indian food to fill the stomachs of our hungry guests.

In keeping with the festive theme, our team arranged for a sumptuous serving of delicious Indian food to fill the stomachs of our hungry guests.

The live thosai station -- a  huge hit and a real crowd-pleaser -- churned out mouth-watering thosai after thosai, made extra fragrant with generous drizzles of ghee.
The live thosai station — a huge hit and a real crowd-pleaser — churned out mouth-watering thosai after thosai, made extra fragrant with generous drizzles of ghee.

The live thosai station — a  huge hit and a real crowd-pleaser — churned out mouth-watering thosai after thosai, made extra fragrant with generous drizzles of ghee. And, to sweeten the deal, each table had a serving of traditional Indian snacks and sweets like acimurruku and rava kesari.

The Kids' Corner at the CRS and Tax Talk
The Kids’ Corner kept the little children busy making colourful sand art and cute clay figurines of their favourite superheroes as parennts listened to the talk.

There’s always something for the kids here at CSI Prop. The little ones were kept busy, making with colourful sand art and making cute clay figurines of their favourite superheroes, whilst their parents listened to the talk.

Mohammed speaking on Yoga at the CRS and Tax Talk
Mohammed Amiri, a qualified yoga instructor tell us a thing or two about yoga and meditation.

In keeping with our core values of Knowledge and Fun, we ended the evening with Mohammad Amiri, a qualified instructor with the MAYI Yoga Academy and long-time yoga practitioner, who spoke to the crowd about the benefits of yoga and meditation. In his calming, pleasant tone of voice, Mohammad demonstrated how to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of our surroundings and drift into a peaceful state of mind. He also taught us a couple of yoga postures that helped relax and rejuvenate our stiff muscles and tired minds.

The Investor Club in Dec will feature Star Wars!
The next Investor Club in Dec will be the movie premiere of The Last Jedi. Star Wars fans, stay tuned!

A heads up to our clients: our next Investor Club event will be an exciting one! To be held mid-December, we will be bringing to club members (from a galaxy far, far away) an exclusive screening of The Last Jedi, the latest Star Wars movie at an exclusive and plush cinema in the Klang Valley.

As always, delicious refreshments will be served. Club members may just catch a surprise appearance of a character or two from the movie! We will be sending out details soon via e-mail and whatsapp, so STAY TUNED!

The Investor Club is an extension of the company’s core values of Knowledge, Service and Having Fun; and an effort to make a difference in the lives of clients through the sharing of knowledge, fun activities and networking. Club events are private and membership is extended exclusively to our clients. For more details on the investor club, call 03-2162 2260.

Article by Ian Choong


CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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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Manchester, The Original Modern City

For over 250 years, one UK city has built its reputation for creating more than its fair share of world firsts. Guess which city that is?

Manchester, the new Modern city
Manchester is the UK’s original modern city (Image source: Youtube)

For much of the time it existed, Manchester was a manorial township, with peasants working the fields for the Lord of the Manor. It was only during the turn of the 19th century that Manchester underwent a transformation, and grew at an astonishing rate. This expansion and urbanisation was brought on by a boom in textile manufacturing during the Industrial Revolution, and resulted in Manchester becoming the world’s first industrialised city.

Today, Manchester is known as the UK’s second city. With 50% growth in the last 10 years, it is the UK’s fastest-growing city and Europe’s second largest creative tech hub. Around 70,000 people now work in the city’s creative, digital and tech industries and a rich talent pool of over 110,000 thinkers thrive in the four leading universities there.

Many defining achievements in science and technology come from Manchester. It’s where the world’s first IVF baby was conceived, where they split the atom and isolated graphene. It’s also where the world’s first stored programme computer was built. A total of 25 Nobel prize winners have come out of Manchester!

Massive amounts of investments have gone into Manchester as part of the British government’s Northern Powerhouse push. Starting from this year, £1 billion will be spent to transform the Manchester airport, further establishing Manchester as one of the most connected cities in the world. The city already boasts direct connections to many of the world’s major capitals, like New York, Hong Kong, Singapore and Beijing. The new High Speed Rail (HS2) under construction will cut travel time between Manchester and London from the current 2 hours to just over an hour when it is ready, and, in its second phase, also reduce the time required to travel to Birmingham and Leeds.

Manchester’s staggering development makes it an attractive place for investors looking for the next big thing to invest in. Property, in particular, is a solid choice as there is a growing demand for housing in the city. Manchester registered a 7.3% increase in house prices over the past year, topping the list of all cities in the UK. This demand is bound to rise even higher as Manchester’s economy grows, and more and more jobs are needed.

This video captures the essence of Manchester as the original modern city of the UK:

Facts and figures about Manchester:

  • Birthplace of the Industrial Revolution
  • Where the world’s first IVF baby was conceived
  • 25 Nobel prize winners
  • Where they split the atom and isolated graphene
  • Where the world’s first stored program computer was built.
  • Population of 2.7 million people
  • Over 200 languages
  • With 50% growth in the last 10 years, Manchester is the UK’s fastest-growing city and Europe’s second largest creative tech hub
  • Around 70,000 people now work in the city’s creative, digital and tech industries
  • A rich talent pool of over 110,000 thinkers from four leading universities.
  • Between 2015 and 2017, over £1 billion was spent on the city’s infrastructure.
  • Direct flights to many of the world’s cities, e.g. New York, Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing etc.
  • Called the UK’s second city
  • Global exporters of world-class culture as well as technology; a city united by a passion for sport and music
  • One of the world’s best places to visit in 2015 — the only British city to be given this accolade by the New York Times
  • Home to some of the world’s biggest brands which contribute to Manchester’s £50 billion economy.
Article by Ian Choong

CSI Prop proudly promotes international investment property with high yields at low risk. Our portfolio comprises residential 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. 

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