Since launching at the beginning of 2013, the growth of Sequre Property Investment has been a bumper one.
Over the past year, we’ve seen our team numbers grow to 30, delivered over £35m-worth of property deals and were named ‘the superstar agent who puts buyers first’ by The Telegraph – a huge accolade for any business.
Just a few of our highlights
In June, we hosted our first buy-to-let seminar at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester which sold out incredibly quickly. Not only did the day give property investors a chance to listen to industry professionals as guest speakers, but it also gave them the opportunity to speak to our team and listen to other investors share their experience of investing with Sequre.
Due to popular demand and the success that followed our first seminar, we were able to host our second event at the Emirates Stadium in London. Again, the event sold out and was a huge success, partly down to the range of guest speakers we invited to join the panel. Speakers included magazine editors, TV presenters, property professionals and our own director Michael Sacks, who all created compelling presentations to really demonstrate how to fully maximise returns from property investments. In fact, the presentation from Sequre director Michael Sacks has since been recognised by the trade media who issued him with an award for the ‘Best Seminar Presentation’.
Next year, we have plans to make our events even bigger and better than this year. You can check online to see when new event dates are added and to view the video from our latest buy to let seminar.
The buy to let industry in 2014
Buy-to-let entered into its 18th year of mortgage lending this year. With a gross lending figure of £20.7bn last year, buy-to-let investors are reported to have made an average of £12,000 profit on every £1,000 they put into property. At an annual return rate of 16.3% a year, investors are now seeing a better return for their money than ever.
Looking at the property market as a whole, 2014 was a really strong year for the North West and particularly Manchester, Salford and Liverpool. The growth of MediaCity and Salford Quays has led to an array of opportunities in terms of buy-to-let. The area has become a hotspot for young professionals looking to rent high specification properties of a good standard and as a result, house prices saw a boom that was widely reported. Along with this, London house prices have started to cool for the first time in nearly four years, making the North West even more attractive for buy to let property investors.
What’s in-store for next year?
Looking ahead to 2015, we feel the North West’s market will continue to grow, with investors looking to make the most of the region’s affordable prices and high yields. Additionally, there’s likely to be an increase in the interest of buy to let opportunities from the over 55s as the changes to pensions come into force from April.
In terms of what’s in store for Sequre Property Investment, we believe that 2015 will see a number of investors looking at overseas opportunities.
After monitoring the market closely over the past 24 months, it’s clear that we’re beginning to see a hive of activity and interest in the overseas market and 2015 will see us bring many more exciting overseas property deals to our investors in addition to our current UK buy to let opportunities.