Huddersfield Uni Campus

“The returns on secondary student accommodation are increasingly attractive”

Renowned property experts Allsop say they are witnessing the exploitation of a gap in the student accommodation market for HMOs – the ‘secondary’ Private Rented Sector market, away from the institutional brands such as iQ and DIGS. Larger scale investors are looking specifically at developing and acquiring HMOs with close proximity, great facilities and, most importantly (what is nigh impossible at redbrick Universities) great yields.

Makes me think North of England. Think Huddersfield? ūüėČ


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The Telegraph’s view on property investment highlights our area for growth potential

Number 2 in their list of areas for property investment growth potential:

2. Leeds, York and Harrogate¬†– Yorkshire & Humberside. These are the affluent areas of the region where people are not as constrained by affordability. And yet, because prices are nowhere near the ¬£1m, ¬£2m, ¬£3m mark that they are in London, growth has not been hit by stamp duty.”

So the Telegraph informs everyone of something we already know. The Leeds, York, Harrogate triangle is full of opportunity but there are subtle differences in the types of investment which will work efficiently in each area.

In Harrogate in particular, house prices have historically held well in recessions, so if you want to add a layer of protection to your asset pick your location very carefully. Harrogate is a great choice to protect capital but, overall, rentals yields are tighter than many areas of Leeds, where capital growth will still be limited despite infrastructure investment, but short term yields are more attractive. York has a fine mix of both opportunities but there are local factors such as a very strict implementation of Article 4 across the wider city inhibiting HMO investments.

I can’t stress it enough, local ‘boots on the ground’ with specialist local knowledge are what you need for confident, profitable and secure investments.

Which areas will see the biggest house price rises by 2020?

In six months time we could be wondering why we were worried. But, if there is economic trouble in China ahead it could knock confidence in the stock market and housing market, and in the long term it could impact jobs and companies in Britain that sell products to China, Mr Chegwidden explained.