Demand for UK student property stays strong

– UK responsible for four out of 10 most popular listings in February

– Student property in top 10 most popular listings on TheMoveChannel.com for 16 months in a row

Demand for UK student property shows no sign of slowing down, according to new research from TheMoveChannel.com. The portal’s latest Investment Watch report reveals that a student housing development was the most popular listing on the site in February 2015.

Trinity Hall, located in Leeds, received 42 per cent more enquiries than the second most popular listing on TheMoveChannel.com last month. The property advertised 8 per cent yield for three years on a £56,250 investment.

It was one of four UK listings in February’s top 10, as investors continue to turn to Great Britain in times of wider economic uncertainty. Opportunities in the UK varied from a property fund for London real estate (third most popular) to a Glasgow parking space scheme (fifth most popular), but they all offered high returns on investments under £50,000.

Indeed, nine of the 10 most sought-after listings in February 2015 were priced at under £50,000, as investors continue to tighten belts and seek out affordable investments. Price was an important factor in Thailand’s appeal to overseas investors last month, with a one bed condo near Pattaya costing only £23,337, enough to attract the second highest number of enquiries.

The only other lifestyle property in the top 10 was La Manga in Murcia. In fact, the property was responsible for two listings in the Investment Watch chart. As a result, Spain was the only country apart from the UK to feature more than once, indicating the strength of Spanish property’s ongoing appeal.

The luxury resort, offering apartments at 40 to 50 per cent lower than the 2007 peak (£39,945) with rental income, was attractive enough to generate the 10th biggest response from buyers. A fractional ownership scheme, which offered seven days personal usage a year for £8,817 – with no ongoing fees – proved more appealing, receiving the seventh biggest response.

Land remains a popular asset type among investors, with buyers heading to such diverse markets as Canada and the Cayman Islands in search of strong, long-term returns. The UK, though, remains the most enquired-about country in 2015 so far, thanks to its stable market, fuelled by the commercial as well as residential markets.

TheMoveChannel.com Director Dan Johnson comments: “Regardless of the wider economic conditions, people will always want to go to university. That consistent demand has established student property one of the most sought-after assets on TheMoveChannel.com. While other sectors or countries go in and out of fashion, demand for university accommodation has remained steady: this is the 16th month in a row that student housing has featured in the site’s top 10 listings. As 2015 hits its stride, interest in student property shows no sign of slowing down.”

Notes to Editors

About Lead Galaxy and TheMoveChannel.com

Founded in 1999, www.TheMoveChannel.com is the leading independent website for international property, with more than 800,000 listings in over 100 countries around the world, marketed on behalf of agents, developers and private owners.

TheMoveChannel.com is one of more than a dozen international property sites operated under the Lead Galaxy brand. Lead Galaxy provides online marketing solutions to thousands of property companies worldwide, focusing on portal listings, email marketing, qualified leads, paid search and social media advertising.

The business is headquartered at 24 Jack’s Place, Corbet Place, Shoreditch, London, E1 6NN.
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