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Manchester or Birmingham for Property Investment in 2023?

The tussle between Manchester and Birmingham for the position of the UK’s second city is a longstanding one. What Manchester offers in Science & Technology achievements, Nobel prize winners (25 and counting!), the Oasis and as the UK’s Most Liveable City; Birmingham counters with the likes of its incredible diversity, JRR Tolkien, Duran Duran and perhaps the highest number of Michelin-starred restaurants outside the capital! Both cities have a young population, are home to the prestigious Russell Group Universities, and are growing dynamically as a result of massive regeneration in the last decade. But how do Birmingham and Manchester measure up in investment terms? 

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Birmingham Booms Beyond 2022

Two months ago, Birmingham basked in the global spotlight of the 2022 Commonwealth Games. The largest multi-sport event to be held in England in 10 years, it was beamed live to 134 countries. More than 5 million people arrived into the city centre during the 2-week period—a 200% increase on the same period in 2021, and a massive benefit to the local economy. 

The Games happened at a good time: normalcy was returning post-Covid as regeneration schemes progressed through the city and more international employers relocated to Birmingham.

Buoyed by positive momentum, the City of A Thousand Trades is experiencing growing tenant demand and promising growth forecasts ahead. Read on to learn more about the outlook for Birmingham over the next few years. 

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Why Inflation, Weak Pound & Recession Are The Perfect Storm For UK Property

Last Thursday, 22 Sept, the Bank of England (BoE) raised interest rates by 0.5 percentage points, to its current 2.25%, to control high inflation. The BoE joins several other central banks around the world who have also increased their bank rates. 

Yet, with the possibility of recession looming ahead, UK property investors remain bullish about the UK property market.  Sounds counter-intuitive, no? Read on to learn the the Top 3 Reasons why UK property remain a sound investment in current times.

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House Prices Grew By Over 70% Here in the Last 10 Years Because of Regeneration

Investors with their fingers on the pulse understand that the best cities to invest in are built upon regeneration and urban renewal. 

Europe’s fastest-growing tech city and most popular property investment destination—Manchester—has been nothing short of spectacular. This Northern city has built a reputation for creating more than its fair share of world firsts, including the first IVF baby, first split atom and graphene isolation, and where the first stored programme computer was built. 

 Manchester’s growth from a market town of some 10,000 people, and its rise from industrial decline to the heaving, bustling metropolis that it is today, was founded on the back of regeneration and urban renewal. Some of Europe’s most successful regenerations took place here.

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UK Property Market Mid-Year Update 2022

How is the UK property market performing thus far? With pandemic fears and lockdown restrictions a thing of the past, the UK now faces rising inflation and new political upheaval with Boris Johnson stepping down as Prime Minister. How will this affect UK property investors? Read on to learn more. 

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Singaporean Investor’s Guide to Singapore Property VS Overseas Property Investment

Property is a hot topic in Singapore and there is great fervour for home ownership in the city state. Since the government’s implementation of the Additional Buyer Stamp Duty (ABSD) and TDSR (Total Debt Servicing Ratio), transactions for Singapore property have cooled and property prices softened, driving more Singaporeans to look at overseas property investment as an alternative. 

Read on about the changes in Singapore investor behaviour and comparison between Singapore property VS overseas property investment or foreign property investment

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Manchester Property Benefits from Victoria North Urban Renewal

It’s a little known fact, especially among foreigners, that Manchester, and not London, is the UK’s Most Liveable City—a common oversight, as London’s fame as a global financial and cultural hub often overshadows the Northern city. 

Still, Manchester has been the UK’s rising star in liveability, affordability and overall quality of life for a decade now, overtaking London, Birmingham and Liverpool to claim the UK’s top spot in The Economist’s ‘Global Liveability Index since 2011. 

Read on to know what to look out for when investing in property for steady capital growth.

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in London Property in 2022

Until the pandemic hit the UK and caused a recession, the London property market had been on a flat growth trajectory for a few years. As the world and the UK fully emerge from lockdowns and pandemic related restrictions, should you still invest in London property? 

Unlike previous recessions, which saw property prices crash, the UK property market had displayed positive response, in fact, reporting a boom in activity post-lockdown. What made this recent recession different were the measures put in place to help restart the housing market, in addition to supporting affected businesses and individuals. 

Read to find out if investing in the London property market is still a good idea in 2022:
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The Singapore Resident’s Guide to Investing in UK Property

A Guide for Singapore Residents to Invest in UK Property

Are there restrictions for Singapore residents who want to invest in UK property? 

Singapore citizens face no restrictions when it comes to investing in UK property and do not require approval from the UK government to do so. However, Singaporeans will need to have residential status if they want to buy property to live in the UK.  Get information on UK visa and immigration requirements here.

If you are purchasing a property as an investment, always ensure that you choose a location that has good demand for rental property. Remove emotion from your purchase. Low vacancy rates will ensure that there is good demand for rental property, thus ensuring good returns on your investment.

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