City Centre Vs. Outskirts: The ultimate investment comparison


When faced with a choice between a city centre investment or one in the suburbs, many would instinctively invest in the first, but are they right to follow their gut?

Whilst city centre offers no-brainer quirks like a good location and seemingly constant undersupply, one might be wrong to write off an investment in a more suburban area straight away.

With the better yields often found in outskirts or suburbs, perhaps the choice should be given more consideration before going for a city centre property.

City centre investments have clear appeal.

Often, they are new, shiny buildings in key locations with assurances of quick capital growth. And this is appealing, especially for investors looking for a short-term investment.

However, those with a long-term investment in mind should look more closely at opportunities outside of the centre. With lower purchase prices, properties in these locations will usually come with a higher yield. And whilst capital growth is likely to be lower, this matters less, as outskirt investment are ones where you make the real gain over a longer term.

More research may be required when purchasing in less central areas. Some things to look into are how to attract tenants to the location. Is the property offering better value, accessible transport links and good local amenities? So make sure you do your research before committing to either of those two investment options.

As prices rise rapidly in the North West’s city centres, we expect to see more investors realising the advantages of a property in key and upcoming locations outside of the central zones. Which will especially lead to more young professionals seeking more reasonable rents away from the rapidly rising costs of the city.

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High Net Yield Freehold Houses

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  • Rental demand extremely strong with large industry presence in Reading
  • Freehold with 4% net yield

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New Launch - Stockport Manchester, apartments from £160,000

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  • Excellent transport links with 3 trains per hour to London Euston and only 9 mins journey to Manchester Piccadilly
  • Experienced development team

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  • Tenant damage cover & newly refurbished inline with requirements of a corporate sitting tenant
  • Free property and lettings management

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Emerging Birmingham Commuter Town With Properties From Just £104,000

The emerging Birmingham commuter town where properties are selling in an average of just 24 days

  • A collection of 62 two bedroom apartments and 28 one bedroom apartments.
  • DE14 is one of the fastest selling postcodes in the West Midlands.
  • 23 minute train journey into Birmingham New Street Station.

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Mill, Stockport

The Northwest's emerging property hotspot

  • Discounted off-plan 2-bed prices from £162,000
  • Completion date - Q4 2021
  • Rental yields - 6% plus

Discounted off-plan 2-bed prices from £162,000

South Central – Birmingham City Centre Apartments

Highly anticipated 28 storey launch in Birmingham City Centre with an impressive roof garden and communal facilities.

  • 154 units across 28 storeys
  • Residential multi-media community room, gym, roof garden and sky cinema
  • Excellent future connectivity via the metro system to other key transport hubs and locations around the city

from £205,800


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City Centre Vs. Outskirts: The ultimate investment comparison

City Centre Vs. Outskirts: The ultimate investment comparison


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