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Looking up to Liverpool – newfound investor confidence gives rise to surge in house prices

March 24, 2014Article by Ray Withers

Liverpool is a city that is buzzing with confidence currently. It seems that the good news is coming from all angles, from the Chancellor’s allocation of £270 million for the Mersey Gateway Bridge as part of the budget, to confirmation of quarterly house price rises of an impressive 8.5%.

Budgeting for the bridge

The £270 million approval in Chancellor Osborne’s latest budget for the Mersey Gateway Bridge was excellent news for Liverpool. The bridge will cross the river between Widnes and Runcorn, dramatically improving the area’s transportation infrastructure. Halton Council followed the budget announcement by confirming that construction for the bridge would commence in the coming weeks.

From Croxteth to Cannes

The government’s commitment to Liverpool’s regeneration was echoed by confidence from investors recently, when Liverpool dispatched an official delegation to the leading MIPIM international real estate conference in Cannes. It was the first time since 2011 that the city had sent a team out to the conference and those attending were thrilled with the response that the city’s projects received from global investors.

The delegation was also pleased to make a number of important investment connections in advance of the International Festival for Business 2014, which will be held in Liverpool this summer and which is expected to celebrate the city’s many vibrant and dynamic investment opportunities.

High-yielding housing

One such investment opportunity is that offered by property investment specialists Property Frontiers, who are pleased to be offering investment in 101 luxury buy-to-let Liverpool waterfront apartments. Chief Executive Ray Withers explains,

“Liverpool’s property sector is particularly exciting at the moment. According to the latest CBRE Regional Letting Outlook, the city has a particularly high share of rented households, at 23.4%. This has created some significant opportunities for buy-to-let investors looking to benefit from the high-yielding housing at the high-end of the market.”

Property Frontiers’ one, two and three bedroom apartments are available below market value, with prices from £82,500. Gross yield of 8.5% is guaranteed in year one, comparing favourably with the city-wide average of 7.2% reported by CBRE. In addition to rental income, investors can benefit from capital growth, with the BBC’s latest data showing a quarterly change in Liverpool house prices of +8.5%.

With investor confidence at such a high and with such a significant surge in house prices, Liverpool is a city that feels justifiably confident in its future right now.

For more information on high yielding buy-to-let opportunities in Liverpool and other leading UK cities contact Property Frontiers today or call +44 1865 202 700.


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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