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Student Property to be Biggest Investment in next 12 Months

June 25, 2010Article by Ray Withers

Student property investment could be the biggest property investment over the next 12 months property investment consultancy Property Frontiers has announced.

Since the middle of last year the UK property market has seen prices increasing, as weak supply — mostly in the UK’s most-expensive south west — turned the market back into a sellers market, and forced buyers to pay 2007 prices for good properties. However, it has still been predominantly the well off who have been buying, along with those who have saved or have someone like parents willing to pay a deposit of at least 10% of the value in order to get a mortgage.

But now the credit markets are starting to open up gradually according to Property Frontiers, allowing more people in the UK to buy property, and more people to consider property investment as a way of supplementing their income, but anyone doing the latter will be looking for something that is really stable and safe. This is where student property investment comes in says the firm, because it is among the most stable forms of property investment, director David Cox explained:

“[Because of credit markets opening and people having had time to save for a deposit] there is likely to be a slow and gradual increase in the numbers of people able to buy property. The one drawback is that the price rises since last year scuppered the correction and left many people priced out of the market, because they cannot get a home inside 5 times their salary.

“None the less, the conditions are correct for more of the UK population to consider a property purchase. However, anyone considering property investment to top up their income will be looking at something that has proven stability, and this is where student property investment enters stage left.

“Student property investment is a powerful niche where demand is increasing exponentially, liable to continue doing so, prices are low and so yields are high. You already know who your target market is, which makes marketing childs play. What’s more, most opportunities come with tenants signed up for at least the first year, allowing potential investors to calculate yields and get a good grasp of where future tenants will come from.”

Property Frontiers is currently marketing its second foray into student property investment in Liverpool. Streatlam towers offers student pods in a Student Halls development in range of Liverpool’s 3 main universities priced at £40k. The students are signed up for year 1 at yields of 10.07%.

For more information contact Property Frontiers on +44 (0) 1865 202700.


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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