While its famous steel industry still exists, the fact that Sheffield is now a global name in the science of metallurgy shows clearly how the city has managed to maintain its heritage while future-proofing its local economy by adapting and diversifying.
As a result of this Sheffield is now recognised as a powerhouse local economy and it is still growing. Sheffield was a world leader in steelwork during the Industrial Revolution, but suffered the decline of manufacturing and industry in line with the rest of the nation.
Reacting quicker than most however, Sheffield avoided the more dramatic slumps found elsewhere and grew to become one of the economic powerhouses in the region. Far removed from industrial past, Sheffield is today a vibrant, thriving commercial city, which offers considerable opportunity for investors seeking to capitalise on the region's growing demand for property investment in Sheffield.
Sheffield offers investors a range of buy-to-let investment opportunities located in the heart of the city, making them very appealing to buyers. With estimated yields of up to 6% (with expected yields of up to 10% in other areas) investors can start or expand their investment portfolios in a city that continues to improve year-on year.
In regards to house prices, semi-detached properties were the most purchased type of property, with an average value of £188,784 (Zoopla). This information can be useful for investors who are considering the purchase of investment property for sale in Sheffield to get a better understanding of the types of buyers in the market.
The Sheffield Metropolitan borough, which includes the city and its immediate suburbs, is the third largest in the UK. With more than half a million residents, it outstrips Manchester, Liverpool and Bristol, coming just shy of neighbour Leeds. With a significant ethnic diversity, Sheffield is a base of settlement for all nationalities, with an 8% population of Asian residents, almost 4% Black and 1.5% Arab.
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Alongside a thriving cultural community, the student population of Sheffield almost reaches 60,000 thanks to its two universities, presenting an excellent opportunity for property investment in Sheffield, particularly in the student accommodation market.
Development of Sheffield’s Universities each year continues to make student life more appealing and so it’s quite clear to see why both universities are ranked very highly within the UK and Europe. Sheffield doesn’t however just cater to those currently studying within the city but wants to help graduates and young professionals stay within the city and grow with it.
With growth comes demand and so naturally there is a constant demand for not only student accommodation, but also residential investment property for sale in Sheffield. Keeping up with the growth and development of the city allows for plenty of options and further investment opportunities for those thinking about advancing their portfolio through property investment in Sheffield.
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For many property investors, the main reason for investing in Sheffield buy-to-let property is likely to be the presence of two universities (the University of Sheffield and Hallam University) and this reason is, of course, perfectly valid.
There are, however, a number of other factors which make Sheffield an excellent destination for buy-to-let property investment, starting with the fact that it has one of the best geographical locations in the UK with Manchester only an hour away to the North West and London just two hours away to the south east. In addition to this, many international destinations can be accessed directly from one or more of the four regional airports within an hour’s drive of the city.
Combining these transport connections with excellent digital infrastructure, an existing pool of both young student talent and more experienced professionals and great affordability and it’s easy to see why Sheffield has become a popular destination for businesses, all the more so because its proximity to other key locations can help to persuade people to make the move to the city.
Sheffield is also undergoing extensive population growth, which is expected to continue until at least 2025 and is, of course, increasing the demand for property. There is a particular need for high-quality rental property to suit young adult professionals, which creates a number of exciting opportunities for investment in buy-to-let in Sheffield.
When it comes to Sheffield buy-to-let property investment, there are two areas which stand out in particular, namely S2 and S1, both of which offer convenient access to key “town and gown” locations and as such are popular with students and young adult professionals. Because of this, properties in these postcodes can deliver yields in the region of 6% to 8% or even higher.
While these figures may not seem particularly impressive in comparison with what can be achieved in other parts of the north, it’s worth noting that Sheffield is a relatively mature market and property prices reflect this, although they are still very affordable compared to the Thames Valley area.
The local authorities in Sheffield are well aware of the fact that affordability (as compared to London) is one of the city’s major attractions and a key driver of its economic growth and are therefore working with developers to increase local housing stock with a particular focus on providing affordable and high-quality housing for the growing student population as well as the young adults who migrate to the city from elsewhere in the UK.
This means that there are generally plenty of options for off-plan purchases of buy-to-let in Sheffield, which can provide a very economical way for investors to enter the Sheffield property market.
Getting in and out of the city will be even easier as the HS2 Sheffield Midland station is integrated into the city and as it’s fairly central within the UK there are plenty of travel options if you want to explore outside the city.
The English capital of London is less than three hours away, Scottish capital of Edinburgh 4 and a half hours and Welsh capital Cardiff 3 and a half hours away.
Sheffield is linked to the closer northern cities of Leeds, Bradford and Manchester with less than an hour of travel time, whether by car or one of its urban railway stations. The nearest airport is 45 miles away and connects Sheffield to a number of European destinations and the east coast of the United States.
Sheffield is built upon the banks of the River Sheaf, which is separated from neighbouring city Rotherham by the M1 motorway network. Located just to the east of the Peak District National Park, Sheffield attracts thousands of tourists every year
The population of Sheffield currently exceeds 550,000 (mid-2017 est.) and as the population continues to grow, this has had a natural impact on increasing house prices, along with demand.
Aside from residential housing and commercial property in Sheffield, the city is becoming more and more attractive to students and therefore student accommodation, flats and city centre apartments are in strong demand for those relocating to the city.
Investment in Sheffield not only comes from student, residential and commercial property, but the economy in general, which continues to develop at a rate of 5% each year and has seen its many industries, such as digital media, manufacturing, finance, engineering and technology, grow and expand, which is what makes this city so attractive to the 52,000 businesses that currently operate in Sheffield.
Sheffield has seen a wealth of regeneration projects become reality, creating a more attractive place to live, work and invest. These improvements includes the cities transport links and facilities and attractions around the city. The Northern Power House Initiative has its own plans of investment.
Developments such as The Moor, the £90m deal to relocate HSBC and regeneration for the Castlegate area is making the city an exciting place for investors as all of these projects will improve the economy, create more jobs and increase the cities overall population. This positive growth continues to move forwards, with Sheffield moving at around 5% annually which is a leader amongst the Yorkshire and Humber areas.
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