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New Liverpool development makes the cut, as Property Frontiers prepares to present exclusive city centre apartments

September 26, 2014Article by Ray Withers

People often ask me how I know a good investment opportunity when I see it. The answer isn’t that simple. It’s a combination of experience, instinct and research – hours and hours of thorough, painstaking research.

Due diligence

Over the years we have developed an immensely detailed due diligence process here at Property Frontiers. Initially, it’s paper-based. For UK buy-to-let apartments, for example, we keep an eye on trends in the housing sector, covering everything from property prices to city population increases. We analyse the data and use it to identify the locations that are likely to see impressive residential property prices gains, particularly strong rental demand.

At the same time, we are working on building and maintaining relationships with some of the UK’s most forward-thinking developers; those who are using new materials and innovative design to map out the future of the residential accommodation market.

Out and about

Once the due diligence process begins pointing us towards a particular area and a specific development, we don our hard hats and visit it in person. This stage of the process is about getting a feeling for an area and exploring the existing building (for a redevelopment) or the proposed site (for a new build).

It was this stage of the process that led the team and I to Liverpool earlier this week. Data from Direct Line for Business had shown that more than £20 million worth of private rental income was being generated monthly in Liverpool, with 51% of housing stock there in the rented sector. Named by the Daily Telegraph as a top buy-to-let location for 2014, the city offers some exciting opportunities for those looking to profit from property.

An unrivalled location

The development that had caught our attention occupies an unrivalled Liverpool city centre location, just 5 minutes’ walk from Liverpool One and Lime Street. Derelict for the past 30 years, the 1930s Portland stone building is set to be transformed into new and exclusive city centre apartments – a collection of luxurious studio suites and one bedroom apartments, some with panoramic skyline views, perfect for Liverpool’s growing population of young professionals.

We grilled the developers on their plans, which will see two floors added to the building as part of the 12 month build schedule. As part of our due diligence, we also visited another of the developer’s projects to see how they put their plans into practice. We were delighted to see the quality of workmanship at the site and the sensitive manner in which the space was being adapted to preserve the building’s historic features.

Next steps

We will be working closely with the developer to secure some of the best of these exciting new Liverpool city centre apartments for Property Frontiers’ clients, but with a limited number available I would encourage anyone interested in investing in this opportunity to avoid delaying. Contact us today to ensure that you don’t miss out!

To find out more about leading UK buy-to-let investment opportunities, contact Property Frontiers or call +44 1865 202 700.

Author

Ray Withers

Ray has over 17 years’ experience in the international property market and bought his own first international property investment back in 2002. Aside from running Property Frontiers, Ray has been involved in residential, hotel, student and commercial property investment and development in both the UK and overseas and co-wrote "Where to Buy Property Abroad - An Investor's Guide". As Founder and Trustee of the Frontiers Foundation, Ray is directly involved with many of its projects to ensure they have a direct and tangible impact in individual communities across the globe. He is passionate about property, travelling, scouting out new opportunities and finding time to spend with his young family.
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