Northern housing boom sets scene for Property Investor Show

The UK's biggest and most comprehensive event for landlords, property entrepreneurs and buy-to-let investors is heading North next year with the launch of the first ever Property Investor Show North. The show will cover both commercial and residential opportunities, which are now increasingly being sought by private investors. It will be held at Manchester G-Mex between 18 - 20 June 2004 and reflects the housing boom in the North and the subsequent appeal for investors.

The exhibition follows on from the success of this year's London event, which attracted over 11,000 visitors, and generated an estimated £100 million plus in revenue for its exhibitors.

Nick Clark, Managing Director of Homebuyer Events, the show's organizers said: "The response we have had to the launch of The Property Investor Show North has been quite overwhelming. We already have a great relationship with many North West developers and agents through our London event so it is great to now have the opportunity to hold the show on their own patch.

"I am sure that investors who come up to G-Mex will be amazed by what is going on in the Manchester area and you do have to see it to take it all in. The new show is attracting an immense amount of interest and enthusiasm from industry exhibitors, confirming its status as an essential event for all property investors across the UK.

Expert advice and information will be available on all facets of investing in property - from arranging finance, understanding rental demand and investing abroad to choosing the property and how to market it, as well as getting the low-down on where the next buy-to-let hot spots will be. There will also be an extensive seminar programme, which will be the largest held in the North West."

Exhibitors at the second Property Investor Show held in London in September reported strong sales, with specialist brownfield developers Country and Metropolitan reporting additional sales of £12.3 million over the weekend, while Dandara reported £13 million and Lace Market Properties in Nottingham, £10 million. Similarly, FPD Savills revealed that 15 reservations and 10 serious expressions of interest were received for apartments at Leftbank in Manchester.

Elizabeth Williams, Sales Manager at FPD Savills said: "We came to show London what Manchester has to offer and it was clear that educated investors appreciated that at present the North offers more attractive returns."

Rachel Magenheimer, Sales Manager at Country and Metropolitan, further emphasized the strength of the market in the north: "We had a lot of interest in our Irwell Quays and Jacksons Warehouse developments in Manchester with most of these released for the show sold off plan. There was also good interest in our Chester and Wirral sites. The North West is obviously an attractive proposition for investors right now."

For further information on the Property Investor Show North contact 0208 877 3636.