People who want to invest in property should look at the opportunities on offer in university towns because they generally have a more healthy economy than other parts of the country. This is the assertion of Liam Bailey, head of residential research at Knight Frank, who made the comments after Lloyds TSB published research showing that house prices in 'new' university towns have risen by 70 per cent in a decade.
Mr Bailey explained what sets cities with higher education establishments apart. "You have probably got a more educated workforce, a more diverse employment base and more of your local economy directed towards new industries, so there is probably a more robust economic environment," he stated. The Lloyds TSB study classed any settlement where a university was set up after 1960 as 'new' - and also revealed that 'old' university towns saw house price increases of 64 per cent between 2001 and 2011.
- Friday 19 August 2011