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Invest In The UK Property Market Recession Proof Segment With Experience Invest condo Market

Editor: Cheyenne Hollis
Pages 30, Dot Property Magazine ISSUE 026 Q1 2019

Investors based in Southeast Asia have traditionally shown strong interest in the British Property market. In many cases, the interest stems from the UK’shigher education system with many either having attended university in Great Britain or opting to have their children study there. “Understanding this market trend, and the cost of accommodation for students has enabled Southeast Asian investors to achieve rental returns through investing in student housing. This segment is widely considered as the UK’s best-performing asset class,” Jerald Solis, Experience Invest Business Development and acquisitions Director, explains. Experience Invest has a proven track record of success and has consistently provided clients with innovative opportunities. For example, it was one of the first property consultancies to offer individual investors the ability to enter the lucrative student property sector in 2011. According to research from KnightFrank, the level of investment in the UK’s student property sector surpassed GBP4 billion in each of the past two years. In fact, the consultancy points out that the entire student housing sector in the UK could be worth up toGBP50 billion to the UK economy by the end of this year. The bombing sector has drawn the attention of some of the world’s largest institutional investors.GIC, Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund; the Canada Pension PlanInvestment Board; PGGM, a Dutch pension fund; and Gingko TreeInvestment, a Chinese state-owned fund, are just a few of the players scooping up UK student housing. “It is no surprise that the student sector has attracted the attention of heavyweights. Individual investors have every reason to be confident in the student market and as its popularity grows, this asset class will move from a nice option to a mainstream addition to property portfolios,” Solis says. He adds, “The UK’s purpose-built student property market offers investors encouraging prospects, largely because of the imbalance between supply and demand. Student numbers are increasing across the UK, with the latest UCAS data reflecting a record number of 18-year olds applying for a place at university in 2018. As a result, higher education providers across the country are unable to meet the growing demand for student property.”The student market is seen by many as one of the safest options for property investors in the UK. That is due in part to the segment’s proven resilience in times of economic uncertainty. As mentioned previously, demand is far greater than supply and could even grow in the short term. Solis points out that the dip in the value of sterling has made studying in the UK more affordable to overseas students. The vast majority of international students studying in the UK currently come from the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Experience Invest is a full-service propertypartnerExperience Invest has 15 years of experience in connecting property investors with market-leading products that have been designed to deliver assured rental returns from fully-managed property investment. Buyers can be confident that they are entering a safe buying environment, with full transparency throughout the purchase process.“As a specialist proper consultancy, Experience Invest provides clients with detailed information on the product and current market conditions to allow them to make an informed investment decision,” Solis says.“As each opportunity is off-plan, Experience Invest’s dedicated after resale Team provides investors with construction updates throughout the build phase.”

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