The British housing market has changed dramatically in the 60 years since the Queen’s coronation. Research carried out by Lloyd’s TSB and Hamptons International indicates a number of interesting trends including:
- 201,860 new homes were built in 1951, compared with an estimated 137,000 in 2011
- The size of new homes have also reduced, with the proportion of homes less than 538 sq ft doubling after 1980 to 18%
- Semi-detached homes made up 41% of all new builds between 1945 and 1964, but this figure slipped to just 15% after 1980
- The quality of homes in the UK has improved dramatically since the 1940s, when 42% of all households contained no bath or shower. Compared to today’s standards of living, this figure has fallen to a reassuring 1%
The most interesting trend to emerge surrounds the issue of home ownership. Since 1953, the number of people who own their home has more than doubled, jumping from 32% to 66% in 2010/11. Economic and political factors have obviously had major influences on this trend with improvements in living and working standards, in addition to social reforms like the government’s Right to Buy scheme in the 1980s, which saw household ownership lift by 11%.
Yet the landscape is ever-changing and since reaching a peak of 71% in 2003, the rate of owner occupation has steadily declined, in complete contrast to the private rented sector which has shown a steady increase over the last decade.
This shift in pattern has had a profound effect on the commercial real estate market, with investors now shifting focus to the UK rental market and, in particular, to sectors that will produce high yields, namely the Student Accommodation market, which is currently out-performing every other asset class in the UK and generating average yields of 6-6.5% annually.
Specialists at selling UK property in the student accommodation sector for many years now, Knight Knox International has noticed a definite shift in buyer trends and delighted in the strength of their UK portfolio.
“Interest in property in the UK from overseas buyers has increased considerably over the past six months”, comments Sales Director Martin Copeland. “Investors are looking for a long-term investment and are confident in the longevity of the UK market.
“Our student accommodation projects are the perfect hands-off investment. Managed by rental companies with proven track records and producing yields of up to 10% in year 1, investors can be assured of a continuing source of income due to the high occupancy rates in the sector”.
UK Student Accommodation Projects:
With 10 major developments already completed, Knight Knox International has three current projects in major UK cities that are the perfect investment opportunity for anyone interested in UK property. Lovell Park in Leeds, Nelson Square in Bolton and Borden Court in Liverpool are all tasteful refurbishment projects that have already drawn major investment from buyers and units in these projects are selling at great speed. With a wide mix of studios, en-suites and single-unit residences available, investors can choose the opportunity that best suits their needs.
For further information regarding investment property in the UK, please contact Knight Knox International on +44 (0)161 772 1388.