[Report] Northern UK Property Day with Stephen Beech & Beech Holdings (Manchester)

Yesterday’s viewing trip to Manchester was a real eye-opener. The team at Beech Holdings (Manchester) are preparing to replicate their extraordinary success in converting old office buildings in central Manchester into comfortable eco-friendly apartments.  

Stephen Beech has built a personal property portfolio worth over £23 million using this same approach. He began on a small scale by purchasing terrace housing, keeping the exterior intact, building an interior frame and extending upwards to convert each into 4-6 apartments.

The vast majority of these apartments were fitted with sophisticated energy saving devices such as solar panels (in the early days), energy-efficient windows and warm air heat exchanges. The usual rental model for these types of apartments in Manchester are all-inclusive, so whilst Stephen was making a positive contribution to saving the earth’s resources, he was also able to undercut other landlords on rental charges and still get a better profit margin.

The way to really succeed in property? Simple innovative ideas – put into massive action.

A smart move, since Stephen Beech now has around 450 personal properties bringing in over £1 million a year in rental income, and his business model has scaled up beautifully in Manchester to an almost industrial size. The planning authorities in Manchester are keen to renovate existing empty office buildings and are favouring this over new-build as a matter of policy. 

Beech Holdings (Manchester) is set to dominate Central Manchester

Beech Holdings (Manchester) is very much in the ascendancy. They have ten office conversion projects in various stages of planning, with a further seven identified for the near future. Pictured above is one of these ten developments about to begin, on Waterloo Street in the city centre.

Beech is looking to raise £6 million in crowd sourced funds to finance the purchases, and has already achieved £2.5 million raised from private individuals in just 3 months. We are inviting qualified individuals to take part starting from £20,000 invested for 5 years and in return receive annual interest on10%, paid quarterly. This is a great return on a passive investment and is backed by first charge on the properties, as well as commercial and personal guarantees. This is clearly a property investment with security far greater than “going it alone” in the buy-to-let world.

So why should Beech bother with relatively small investors like us?

You may well ask why Stephen is going to the trouble of raising £6 million of funds this way. Why not go to the banks or sell some of his apartments? Simple reasons:

  1. Banks are still not lending sufficiently to large property developers.
  2. When they DO finally agree to lend it’s too late. In Manchester the secret is to beat off the competition quickly and buy with cash.
  3. The other lending option, Bridging Finance, can cost 20-24% annual interest, so recycling this would be very expensive. Would you prefer to pay private investors 10% or a bank 24%?
  4. Why not sell some of the apartments? Stephen could do this but that would be throwing away tracker mortgages at very low rates, and therefore a considerable chunk of his net income.

So opening up to private investors is the natural and obvious solution. Beech gets relatively low cost loans whilst investors enjoy incomes many times greater than a savings account, and much higher than a traditional net rental yield, with none of the hassle. When it comes to investors in his business, Stephen Beech’s philosophy is one of complete openness. Our due diligence process can testify to this – we’re confident that any reasonable investor question will be answered directly – and to their satisfaction. All enquiries and professional due diligence is very welcome. If you’re looking to invest in property or grow your investment portfolio, this has surely got to be worth investigating.

Find out more about investing with Beech Holdings. Download our brochure today.

BREXIT and International Students

A recent official study recommends there should continue to be no cap on overseas student numbers, arguing they bring money, skills and “soft power” to Britain. 

This was the conclusion of a September 2018 report by the Migration Advisory Committee, which is tasked with giving independent advice to the government on immigration.

The report says over 750,000 students come to the UK each year and reasons “If there is a problem with students in the target, it is with the target itself rather than the inclusion of students in the target”. 

The UK Institute of Directors’ Senior Economist Tej Parikh said the report makes “abundantly clear the benefits international students bring to our country”, but that “there remains a strong case for re-examining the inclusion of students in the Government’s net migration target”. 

He also said that Britain is at risk of becoming less competitive than Canada and Australia if it fails to create more opportunities for international students to live and work here after their studies.

The report overall nonetheless received mixed reviews from student and university bodies, saying the recommendations did not go far enough.

However the argument falls, the fact is that the rest of the EU sits firmly in the minority of regions from which International students arrive in the UK to study, with China and the Far East forming the  the lion’s share of demand. The chart below makes for interesting reading.

Furthermore the Brexit-fuelled impact on the value of the £ makes the UK an even more attractive place financially to study for further education.

All this, together with the ever-growing demand from students for high quality accommodation would appear to make the Purpose-built Student Accommodation market a solid one for not just the long term, but a real opportunity now for the seasoned property investor.

Which UK City comes top for property investment this year ?

I am constantly researching the UK property market to identify areas of interest for investment. I thought you might like to take a look at the facts below which firmly position Liverpool as the preferred UK city of  investment, above Manchester and London.

Please take a look at the following:

Private Finance Reports

Private Finance’s latest buy-to-let hotspots analysis has revealed that Liverpool is the UK’s top performing city experiencing average rental yields of 6.2% once mortgage costs are taken into consideration. This is not something which is likely to blow over considering Liverpool have held this position since May 2017 whilst Greater Manchester averaged rental yields of 5.9%.

Reference – https://www.propertyinvestortoday.co.uk/breaking-news/2018/1/liverpool-and-nottingham-revealed-as-the-best-location-for-rental-yields?source=newsticker

Which City is Growing Faster?

Across England, Liverpool grew faster than Manchester and London in 2016. Liverpool’s economy grew faster than London, Manchester and any other major British city in 2015/2016, figures show.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that Liverpool enjoyed an economic growth rate of 3.1%, faster than any similar major city region in the country.

Reference – https://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/merseyside-economy-fastest-growing-uk-12328312

Liverpool has become the one to watch in 2018: “Liverpool was a strong contender in 2017 but 2018 will really be the year investors take note. Property prices are still low but creeping up slowly, so now is the time for investors to benefit from the strong capital growth predicted over the next 5 years. With the amount of investment being ploughed into the area, particularly the £5.5 billion Liverpool Waters project and £1.8 billion into the Knowledge Quarter,  Liverpool is without a doubt a hotspot for investment.

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