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Investing in Manchester Property

Offering a growing business scene, thriving student population, vibrant culture, and exciting prospects, Manchester is the ultimate place to live, work, and invest. There are so many reasons why this northern city is considered a top UK property investment location. Acting as the largest regional economy outside of London and growing two times faster than the capital since 2014, Manchester is one of the most important regeneration success stories of the 21st century. It has been utterly transformed over the decades with vast levels of investment.  Those interested in Manchester property investment can expect some of the most impressive rental yields throughout the whole of the UK.

You can expect affordable property prices and fantastic prospects when it comes to capital growth, too. Manchester is home to some of the most prestigious universities and big names in the business scene, boasting some of the country’s highest student retention rates at 51%- second only to London. Pair this with the fact that more people are moving up to Manchester from London in recent years, and it is clear why there’s such a high demand for quality property in the city. The city as a whole is on the rise, and the time to invest in Manchester has never been more apparent.

I like to think of Manchester as the Canary Wharf of the North. It's a great place for business and property investment due to the high number of young professionals living there.

Sarah Roberts, RWinvest

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A Booming Property Market

It is evident from the Manchester skyline that the region’s property market is booming. Throughout recent years, Manchester has evolved into one of the best digital and technology sectors in Europe. This is why large companies such as the Co-Op Group, BBC and Kellogg’s all reside here, which has helped grow Manchester’s reputation as one of the youngest UK cities.

Almost 70% of the employment in the city centre region is in the knowledge-intensive industries, making it incredibly accessible for young professionals looking for opportunity. Manchester has multiple expanding regeneration schemes throughout the city, which have allowed people to see the real beauty in places that were once forgotten and neglected.

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There is a social scene full of start-up entrepreneurs, founders, and dreamers, hoping for success. However, while the opportunity is vast and world-class leisure facilities are available, property prices are still low. According to Rightmove, the average price stands at £215,558 in December 2020, a 6% increase over 2019. However, according to Halifax, this is still comfortably below the national average, which was at £250,000 in October 2020.

House prices in the North West region have been predicted to increase by a whopping 27.3% by 2024. But it’s not just house prices that are rocketing upwards, rental prices are also rising in the area. Homelet found that the average rental value was 5.1% higher in October 2020 than 2019.  This means any investor who takes the plunge now would see high rental yields and capital appreciation in years to come.

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A Thriving Nightlife and Student Scene

As well as accessible transport links to different cities across the country, Manchester also offers a range of new bars, restaurants, and shops that residents can enjoy. These are often considered one of the top reasons why people are deciding to stay in Manchester. Not only this, but universities in Manchester take on more students every year. With a student population of over 96,200, Manchester is one of the biggest student cities in all of Europe. The city also boasts a substantial international student population, with 17,500 students hailing from overseas. The increasing number of fresh-faced professionals entering the Manchester scene every year continues to expand the already prosperous economy.

Investors will find that Manchester is a place of wealth, culture, and history with a consistent demand for new properties and developments in the city centre and the outskirts. In 2020, a report found that the current ratio between the available supply of properties and demand for them stood at a massive 1:5. Consequently, as a Manchester property investor, you are sure to be successful.

In our Manchester property investment guide, you’ll find out more facts and figures about the city’s property market, along with information on regeneration projects and the overall economy. If you’re keen to find out more about buy to let investment in Manchester, be sure to read our up to date buy to let news and our Manchester off-plan guide. For information on other top UK cities for investments, take a look at our area guides.

If you’re interested in getting started with your investor journey, get in touch, or check out our latest opportunities, such as Merchant’s Wharf.

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