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Construction Update – Aura – UK Property Investment (April 2019)

On behalf of the developer, we provide you with the latest updates as of April 2019 from the Aura construction site (UK Property Investment) in Liverpool, UK. Kindly click on the image below to access and flip through the update.

FLASHBACK: Aura – UK Property Investment Opportunity

Smart student living

Aura is a brand new, purpose-built student accommodation development strategically positioned in Liverpool’s thriving Knowledge Quarter, the city’s education hub. The fully-managed development comprises en-suite rooms and studio suites, delivered fully-furnished and finished to a high standard. In addition to having a gym, yoga lounge and games room, this self-contained development has on-site laundry facilities, and a restaurant. Bike storage is available in the courtyard for the students’ convenience.

Aura is just a few minutes’ walk from the University of Liverpool. The Royal University Hospital, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool Hope’s Creative Campus and LIPA are also in close proximity.

UK Property Investment Highlights : Aura

  • 9% nett rental return p.a. assured for 5 years
  • Catchment of 57,000 students from 5 sought-after universities, with a current shortfall of 21,900 managed bed spaces
  • Fully-managed & fully-furnished
  • Located in the Knowledge Quarter
  • Walking distance to the prestigious University of Liverpool
  • Close to Liverpool city centre and main transport hubs

UK Property Investment Specifications : Aura

  • Free high-speed Wi-Fi
  • Communal lounge and shared kitchen facilities with smart LCD TVs
  • 24-hour CCTV security and controlled building access
  • Fully-equipped state-of-the-art gym and yoga lounge
  • Courtyard with bike storage
  • Large meeting area, lounge and study areas
  • Games room with pool tables, entertainment facilities and smart LCD TVs
  • Restaurant
  • On-site laundry facilities

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 UK Property Investment projects! Hotline: 03-2162 2260 (MY) 3163 8343 (SG)

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How Currency Can Increase Returns from Australia & UK Property Investment

Foreign Currency Can Be Your Aide with UK Property Investment

Hedge foreign currency wisely and make more returns on your investment, not just in stocks, but also in property such as Australia and UK property investment.

With 2019’s mediocre outlook for the local property market, Malaysian investors are turning to other avenues for growth. One area that has come to the forefront is the international property market.

Institutional investors are typically the biggest players in the international property investment space. Of late, however, more individual investors looking for rewarding returns, have been buying into foreign real estate.

As an investor, the key to making a profit is to understand your investments.

International investments differ in some ways from domestic investments. An important thing to note in international investments is that one of the largest impacts on your returns will be from currency fluctuation.

Investing internationally also means that you are actually making two separate investments —  you are not only investing in the currency, but also the investment itself.

Example 1

Let’s say you bought RM1,000 worth of Apple shares in the US last year. This turned out to be a bad move, as Apple’s new phone sales were disappointing and the stock price dropped by 10%. You might think that your investment is only worth RM900 now.

You have an urgent need for cash and decide to sell your shares, even though the stock price went down. Strangely enough, you get back RM1,000, instead of the RM900 you were expecting to receive.

It turns out that the reason you were able to recoup your RM1,000 was because the US dollar appreciated against the ringgit by 10% over the period of your investment.

From the American investors’ point of view, this would have been a bad investment, as they would only have received 90% of what they put in. But, as a Malaysian investor, you benefited from the currency which hedged your investment.

Where currency hedges a poor investment

Example 2

You also bought RM1,000 worth of Amazon shares in the US, which was a better investment because their stock price increased by 10%. Now, since the US dollar appreciated against the ringgit by 10% during the same period, you made a total gain of 20%, making your investment now worth RM1,200.

Where currency multiplies your returns

The above example illustrates how currency effects help in portfolio diversification. Foreign exchange rate exposure doesn’t necessarily lead to higher risk.

Hedging the Currency & UK Property Investment: When & How

Stronger and more mature economies like the US and the UK tend to bounce back quickly after a recession. Developing countries, however, are more likely to take longer to recover economically from risks such as ongoing political instability.

It’s a good time to invest while your target currency is low because appreciation will multiply your returns. The following chart illustrates how the British pound and the US and Australian dollars performed against the ringgit over the past 24 years:

Yearly averages of GBP, USD & AUD against MYR (1995-2019). If you had placed your money into UK property investment, imagine the returns on your investment today when you combine capital growth and currency growth.

In the above chart you will see that these currencies achieved a similar peak growth historically, with the British pound having a poorer showing right now due to Brexit, as in the table below:

The UK Pound is at a low right now.

An analysis of the pound sterling shows a large drop after 2007, correlating with the 2007 global financial crisis (which wiped out the infamous Lehman Brothers). The pound went on to recover after 2013, but declined again after the Brexit announcement in 2016.

Watch the Pound for UK Property Investment

Presently, the pound remains weak due to the uncertainty of the UK’s future relationship with the EU. However, experts predict the pound will rise significantly following the confirmation of a trade deal.

Going back to our earlier examples of how currency exchange affects investments, this is a great opportunity for investors to take advantage of the pound’s weak state. If you buy UK property investment now when the pound is low, the subsequent rise in the value of the sterling can increase your returns greatly.

The fundamentals of the UK residential property market are strong — due to the critical shortage of housing supply in the face of rapidly rising demand — which will ensure continued steady capital and rental growth.

As an example, let’s consider a £240,000 house in Manchester, which achieves a conservative 5% rental yield and 5% capital growth per year. In 5 years’ time, the house would be worth £306,308 and you, as a landlord, would have collected £69,623 in rents. This gives an impressive 57% ROI, without taking into account currency fluctuations. If the pound rises by 10% during that period, your total ROI would shoot up to an amazing 72% after conversion.

A £240,000 property after 5 years

We urge budding UK property investors to look at developing cities, especially those in the Northern Powerhouse region where large amounts of Government money has been invested into infrastructure and commercial development. These regional cities have showed strong growth recently, with room to move upwards. This means UK property investment provides good potential for high yields with lower risk.


Article by Ian Choong
Edits by Vivienne Pal & Jagdeep Kaur

The British pound is set to rise quickly, which means property investors can get better returns by buying now. Don’t miss out! If you are looking for UK property investment in the cities of London, Manchester, Birmingham and more — give us a call at (+65) 3163 8343 (Singapore), 03-2162 2260 (Malaysia), or email us at info@csiprop.com!

If you would like to read more on UK property investment, check out our Investment Guide here.

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Construction Update – Fabric Village (Apr 2019)

On behalf of the developer, we provide you with the latest images and information as of April 2019 from the construction site of Fabric Village in Liverpool, UK. Kindly click on the image below to access and flip through the update.

Flashback: Fabric Village

A New Stunning Development in Vibrant Liverpool for UK Property Investment

The Fabric Village is a new and stylish development comprising 449 studios (over 3 blocks) located in the heart of Liverpool’s city centre. Only a 9-minute walk away is the Lime Street Station, Liverpool’s main train station that provides access across the city. Close by is Liverpool One and St Johns Shopping Centre offering a great selection of leisure and retail outlets. Three major universities are within walking distance: The Royal Liverpool University Hospital is  7 mins away, while the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University is a 10 and 12-min walk respectively.

Project Highlights

  • Studios and 1-2 bedroom apartments
  • Amenities include private courtyard and rooftop space

UK Property Investment Highlights

  • Prime location within the Knowledge Quarter
  • 10 mins walk to Lime Street Station
  • 7-12 mins walk to 3 major universities
  • 8 mins drive to the city centre
  • 7% assured rental yield for 3 years
  • From £98,500

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 / UK property investment opportunities! Hotline: 03-2162 2260 (MY); +65 3163 8343 (SG)