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Students Get Support from Property Investors

May 6, 2010Article by Ray Withers

There is a groundswell of support growing behind the student property investment scene in the UK, with seminars and networking events happening all over the country almost every night of the week. Many analysts believe that student property investment is benefiting from the level of due-diligence the private investors are now doing before committing to an opportunity, whereas before they would take it on someone else’s word.

The latest big name behind the movement is investment consultancy Property Frontiers. The firm recently stated that the more risk averse buyer could be a major reason for the popularity of student property investment. Director David Cox said in a recent press release:

“In 2006 investors were chasing hard for the biggest returns, and desire to make a fortune superseded common sense in a lot of cases. Not today it doesn’t. Those who are investing in property today are putting safety first and doing extensive due-diligence before making any kind of commitment.
Cox went on to give student property investment a ringing endorsement:

“They [the investors] are quickly finding that student accommodation investment i  well worth a spot on their shortlists,” he said.

Cox went on to give details of the property they are currently marketing: Streatlam Towers a development of studio pods within reach of Liverpool’s three universities at £40,000. With tenants signed up for the year ahead the yield is there in black and white at 10.02%.

All you have to do to see the growing belief in student property investment is look at any of the big property investment forums, perhaps most notably Singing Pig and PropertyTribes.

Some advice that can be found in there is to carefully research your market, a Martin Skinner of Inspired Assets says on Property Tribes that “the bandwagon moved north a few years ago and they didn’t always build the right stock in the right places.”

The success of student property investments in Liverpool is a clear indicator that the market is not properly supplied, making investment in student accommodation in Liverpool a good idea over the next 5-10 years.

The common thread among professionals in the sector is to make everyone aware of the two distinct markets within the niche, which are purpose built blocks (Like Property Frontiers Streatlam development), or houses and flats around a locality. According to most the former is the easiest to manage and tends to have the highest levels of occupancy.


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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