Corporate investment in student letting was up 50% to £1.15 billion last year as rents and yields continue to go through the roof.
The flood of institutional money into student accommodation has continued in the first three months of 2012 with nearly £250 million invested, according to property consultants CBRE.
This year’s increase in tuition fees up to a maximum £9,000 for the academic year starting in September has slightly dented applications for courses, but universities are still receiving more applications than they have places.
Any shortfall in places is easily taken up by students from overseas, whose
numbers continue to grow.
According to UCAS figures, applications from outside Europe grew by 12% year on year. The largest numbers came from Hong Kong (37%) and Australia (15%).
Jo Winchester, Head of Student Housing, CBRE, said: “Applications are currently 80,000 ahead of the number of acceptances in 2011. While we do not expect student numbers to fall nationally due to fee increases, we do anticipate wide variations at a local level. However, it is still too early to identify which universities will have reduced cohorts in 2012 and how demand for accommodation will be affected in those towns.
“Looking ahead, developers will need to not only consider student numbers and bed-spaces, but most critically the financial strength and popularity of universities in conjunction with the underlying dynamics of the property market.
Support from universities together with clever structuring is likely to assist planning and funding solutions for new development.
“The recent figures have shown investors that now is a good time to buy student properties as property yields look very positive.”
Despite the massive investment by corporates and universities in providing halls of residence, even the largest corporate only has 44,000 bedspaces.
Halls offer around 30% of the bed spaces needed by students across the UK, leaving private landlords to take up the student letting slack.
Sourced from Property118 News Team
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Harmony Bay is an exclusive 5-star resort from an award-winning developer with prices from £49,000.
Set in more than 10 acres of landscaped gardens, this exclusive 5-Star resort has been carefully planned to provide a private and relaxing environment.
The resort backs onto a protected pine forest with magnificent panoramic views across the beautiful Akbuk Bay and the Aegean Sea beyond, the unrivalled 5-star Harmony Bay Resort and Spa is a relaxed 10-minute stroll from the local Akbuk beaches, shops and restaurants. It has been thoughtfully designed to combine a luxurious lifestyle with a shrewd investment opportunity - convenient for holidaymakers and ideal for investors - including those wishing to purchase through a SIPP (Self-Invested Personal Pension).
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Top 10 property safe havens abroad
The spectacular Caribbean island of St Lucia, renowned worldwide for its idyllic
beaches, relaxed lifestyle and crystal-clear waters, has recently been named by the Telegraph as an overseas property safe haven. With an impressive 350,000 sun-seekers visiting the 238sqm island annually and five star tourism ever-popular, its little wonder that this jewel of the Caribbean continues to be considered a solid investment hotspot.
Telegraph journalist Graham Norwood explains, "This Caribbean Island has long been popular with Britons. There are rugged mountains, rainforests and coral reefs."
Easily accessible from the United States, the UK and across Europe, St. Lucia enjoys a luxurious climate, friendly locals and a wonderful coastline which draws in increasing numbers of visitor’s year-on-year. When considering property investment on this beautiful island, the Telegraph recommends that you research the more popular locations on the island and select high end properties in this setting.
"The best tactic is still to purchase more expensive homes in prime locations. This
means you will see the best the country has to offer, and your investment stands
a better chance of securing good returns."
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Why invest in a hotel resort?
Resort Unit Investments, when selected carefully, can be the perfect
‘passive’ investment – unlike traditional buy-to-lets, you won’t have to get
involved with red tape and form-filling, dripping taps and leaky guttering and phone calls from tenants on Christmas Day morning!
You can buy in at a low entry point…these investments are often
SIPPable – you can put them in your pension and enjoy all the tax breaks, especially if you are a 40% taxpayer!
Most hotel room investments come with a guaranteed rental return of 10% or so for the first couple of years – after that you could see returns at an even higher rate by enjoying up to 50% of the hotel’s earnings from your room – without having to lift a finger to get it!
Benefits of hotel room investments
The managed, turnkey nature of hotel investments allows investors to have a hands off approach to the investment. The hotel company will manage and market the room on behalf of the investor, because it is also in their interest to increase revenue. The investor benefits from industry professionals managing and marketing the hotel unit for them.
Also, investors are less exposed to long term vacancy as they would be in a traditional Buy to Let property investment which can lie empty for months at a time.
An additional benefit to UK investors is that hotel room investment is considered as commercial and not residential so it is possible to place the investment in a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP), which allows for tax free capital growth and earnings.
If the investor chooses to place their investment in a SIPP then they are unable to use the hotel room themselves unless they pay a market rate for use of the room, otherwise they would face investigation from the Inland
Revenue and Customs.
Resort investment incorporating Hotel rooms as a pension investment.
Hotel rooms are classed as commercial assets and are one of the very few property types allowed to be purchased directly by a pension/SIPP.
Investors can purchase a room through a Self Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) either individually or in a group and take advantage of the tax relief available upon the income and capital growth.
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The beginning of April 2012 was a very proud day for Harlequin as it saw its new hotel, blu St Lucia, open its doors for the first time.
The grand opening followed weeks of significant refurbishments and improvements that have endowed what was once an inn with the Harlequin standard of style and comfort.
Set in Rodney Bay amongst the serenity of Reduit beach (just 100 feet away, in fact) and the vibrancy of Rodney Bay Village, blu is perfectly placed to offer customers the very best of St Lucia.
When you aren’t exploring the extraordinary island, you can eat great food at the hotel’s restaurant with a menu overseen by the executive chef of Buccament Bay Resort, perch yourself at the outside bar, and relax in the swimming pool or on its surrounding luxurious sun loungers.
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