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Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have become global investment hotspots

The Northern Powerhouse cities of Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool have been identified as global property investment hotspots.

According to the research from property investment company IP Global, which looked at some of the world’s leading property markets, the three UK cities could soon also be joined by Newcastle at the top of the investment league table, as it also offers among the best return on investment as reported by IP Global’s quarterly Global Real Estate Outlook.



Manchester continues to occupy top spot. With rapid growth taking place, house prices are on the up, with an 8.6% increase recorded from October 2016 to October 2017 and rents are forecast to increase 16.5% from 2018 to 2022.

Healthy rental yields of 5.6% gross were recorded at the end of 2017 too, driven by a large working age population and a 51% graduate retention rate from the city’s 105,000 students.


With significant investment in Liverpool the city has experienced faster economic growth than the rest of the UK and is also one of the UK’s best performing property investment locations with average rental yields of 6.2%.

Since 2015, house prices have increased 14%. Rents are also on the up, with predictions of 17.6% growth from 2018 to 2021.


Leeds is the largest economy in the UK outside London which is proving very appealing for international investors. 18.8% rental growth is forecast between 2018 and 2021, which is being driven by a student population of 65,000 and key growth industries bringing 6% annual job growth in the private sector.

There is also a significant supply shortfall with 90,000 units to be delivered by 2021, but only 60,000 units in the development pipeline. With willing renters and buyers Leeds is well-placed to grow and showing all signs of a strong future.


Newcastle will not be far behind with an economy driven by a thriving digital industry which accounts for 40% of all business and employs more than 27,000 people. Over the last 13 years, the number of rental properties entering the market has increased by almost 60%, with 22,000 homes and apartments now available in the city.

If development cannot keep up with demand, IP Global predicts that Newcastle will shortly be joining that list of global property investment hotspots.

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