America led the way for investors in 2016, accounting for the two most popular property investments on TheMoveChannel.com across the year. New research from TheMoveChannel.com reveals the continuing importance of US real estate on the global real estate stage, as well as the rising appeal of regional markets in the UK, fuelled by growing Northern economies and encouraged by the weaker pound.

As the new year begins, we look back at the 10 most popular property listings of 2016, and possibly uncover a rising property star along the way.

 

1. Circle Oaks Village – 2 Bed Flat – North Carolina, USA


Type of investment: Buy-to-Let
Price: From £37,976

Buy-to-Let has had a tough year in the UK, but with up to five years 18.8 per cent net yearly income paid upfront, Circle Oaks Village in the USA was an immediately attractive opportunity for investors, with tenants already in place to generate rental income.

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2. Bar Works – New York, USA


Type of investment: Co-Working Space
Price: £20,357

Since Donald Trump’s election and the Federal Reserve’s decision to raise interest rates, confidence in America’s economy is strong going into 2017. In 2016, though, it remained upbeat, with dollar climbing against other currencies. Investors responded by turning to commercial property opportunities, including the relatively young asset class of co-working spaces, allowing for entry into the country’s economy at a lower cost.

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3. Daniel House – Liverpool, UK


Type of investment: Co-Working Space
Price: £45,000

Liverpool has emerged as one of the top investment hotspots in the UK, with its growing economy and expanding population driving demand and pushing up prices.
On TheMoveChannel.com, enquiries for property in the city jumped 4 per cent year-on-year in July 2016 – and 48 per cent month-on-month in August 2016. With 7.5 net return guaranteed for three years, Daniel House was right at the heart of it.

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4. One Wolstenholme Square – Liverpool, UK


Type of investment: Buy-to-Let
Price: £84,950

Agents have told us about the “tremendous” rise in Asian investment in the city, as it steals the spotlight from London. With Daniel House leading the way in international interest on TheMoveChannel.com, One Wolstenholme Square was close behind, both benefiting from the boost in affordability created by the post-EU-referendum weakness of the pound.

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5. Viewpoint – Salford, UK


Type of investment: Buy-to-Let
Price: £83,995

The Northern Powerhouse has been one of the buzzwords of the year for the UK, but with good reason, as Manchester, like Liverpool, has enjoyed a strong economy and growing appeal to investors. The BBC’s relatively recent move to Salford has helped to boost the area’s profile, with Viewpoint’s position near the Salford Quays waterfront and the University of Salford making the development a magnet for tenants.

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6. Sky Building – Keele, UK


Type of investment: Student Accommodation
Price: £52,000

The counter-cyclical nature of student housing has seen the sector become one of the most consistently sought-after asset types on TheMoveChannel.com in recent years. Purpose-built developments near universities with a shortage in accommodation at the right price have repeatedly proven popular among investors, with Keele’s Sky Building enjoying the spotlight in 2016.

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7. Westbeach – Devon, UK


Type of investment: Holiday Let
Price: £160,000

Holiday hotspots have long been key to buy-to-let investments in countries such as Spain, but that remains just as true for the UK, with the popular Devon coast proving an attractive place for buyers to invest in a two-bed or three-bed duplex. Capital growth in the long-term, boosted by the affordable currency exchange rates, was bolstered by the promise of 10 per cent NET income.

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8. Scholar’s Village – Bradford, UK


Type of investment: Student Accommodation
Price: £45,950

Scolar’s Village is a fully operational student property that benefits not just from a shortage of housing – only 17.6 per cent of Bradford University students are estimated to have access to purpose-built accommodation – but also a location that also places it near the fourth largest college in the UK. The property was pre-tenanted for 2016/17, wrapping up a neat student property investment package.

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9. Portofino Ocean’s Edge Resort – Carabao, Philippines


Type of investment: Hotel Room
Price: £88,759

A rising star of 2016, the Philippines saw a growing number of investors drawn to its shores. They were won over by both the country’s economy – the fastest growing in Asia – and its thriving tourist industry. Capital growth close to 10 per cent per year and a position on the island of Carabao placed the Portofino hotel resort firmly in buyers’ sights. In Q2 2016, enquiries for Philippine property on TheMoveChannel.com soared 367 per cent compared to the previous quarter.

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10. OurSpace – Dubai, UAE


Type of investment: Co-Working Space
Price: £20,357

The UAE’s residential property market has seen prices moderate in the last year, with recovery expected to begin in 2017 and build momentum in the run-up to World Expo 2020. Investors still turned to the emirate’s commercial property market, though, as co-working spaces proved their appeal ranged wider than the USA.

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