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Event Review: Property Investor Show, April 2016

April 15-16th saw the first Property Investor Show of the year, with London’s ExCeL exhibition centre welcoming thousands of investors through its doors looking to either start or expand their property portfolio.

Event Review: Property Investor Show, April 2016

The bi-annual Property Investor and Homebuyer Show is always a highlight in Knight Knox’s event calendar, as it allows us the chance to meet investors face-to-face. The Property Investor Show gives Knight Knox the chance to travel down to London from its regional head office in MediaCityUK to meet investors from other areas of the country who otherwise may not have chance to meet us, which has always been important to the company. This year was no different—situated on stand 100 directly in front of the entrance, the Knight Knox stand (redesigned especially for this show in striking blue and magenta) was constantly busy, with people stopping to pick up marketing collateral, watch the tailor-made Knight Knox videos displayed on the flat-screen television, or converse with one of our 7-strong team of specialist Property Consultants in attendance at the two-day event.

The atmosphere was electric, with the exhibition hall filled to the rafters with enthusiastic investors keen to discuss the market and scope out the best buy-to-let opportunities. By far the focal point of Knight Knox’s stand was our metre-high illuminated model of X1 Media City, one of our standout four-tower developments in MediaCityUK, which attracted plenty of attention and admiration. Another popular feature on the Knight Knox stand was our exclusive ‘Buy-to-Let Guide’, which saw over 700 copies distributed over the show’s duration.

This shows that appetite for property investment is still whetted, with Knight Knox’s Senior Property consultant Mike Sefton commenting:

“Knight Knox looks forward to attending the Property Investor Show every year because it is nice to meet and talk with like-minded investors who are serious about buy-to-let. This year, demand was through the roof: Knight Knox had over 200 requests for tickets, and had the largest number of investors requesting one-to-one meetings with our sales team, so we always knew that we’d be kept busy over the two days. Every year it seems that the Property Investor Show gets bigger and better, so we are already looking forward to the show in October!”

The fact that the show was such a success comes as no surprise, but recently the market has been going through some uncertain and turbulent times in the wake of the implementation of the Government’s 3% Stamp Duty levy on all buy-to-let properties that came into effect on April 1st this year. Just three weeks after these changes came into effect, there was no sign of any trepidation or hesitation from investors at the show, once again proving the buoyancy of the buy-to-let market. In particular, property investments in regional cities like Manchester, Liverpool and Leeds proved popular, with demand at the show reaching fever pitch for properties in such desirable (and affordable) locations.

Knight Knox’s Sales Director Michael Fenlon commented: “It was refreshing to see that investor sentiment hasn’t changed—demand for property investment is still as prevalent now as it was before the buy-to-let stamp duty hit, particularly in popular regional cities. Those who want to invest will always see property as a tangible and lucrative opportunity, not just in terms of rental returns but also for capital appreciation, and our reception at the Property Investor show goes to show that investors can still see that too. The show was a huge success, not just for Knight Knox but for the property market as a whole”.

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