What is Surban?
You may not have heard of the term “Surban” before but it is gathering momentum in the world of property investment. The term is used to describe a suburban area that has become more like an urban area.
The definition of an urban area is that it is densely populated, has an infrastructure that is well developed and there are a large number of employment opportunities. When you think of a suburban traditionally these have been overflow areas which house people who cannot afford to live in the more expensive urban areas.
Breaking the Suburban to Urban Commuting Tradition
People that live in suburban areas will commute into urban areas for employment. A classic example of this is those that commute to central London for outlying areas. In the past the infrastructure of suburban areas was not that well developed but this is changing now so the prediction is that suburban areas will become more “urban” in the future hence the term surban.
The real estate community has already started to embrace the term surban. A rise in the number of businesses that move from expensive urban areas to suburbia has been noted. This is due to improved infrastructure in the main.
Surban Happening in the USA and now in the UK
This has been happening in the United States for around ten years now and the United Kingdom is following suit as it always does. As surban areas develop the demand for property will increase and the prices will rise.
There are a number of other reasons why businesses do not need to be located in expensive city centres anymore. A major factor has been the growth of the Internet and online shopping which has meant that a business could literally be located anywhere. So there will be more movement of business headquarters to less expensive suburban areas.
You need to keep your finger on the Surban Pulse
It will be very interesting to see how this trend develops in the UK over the next few years. It could lead to a reduction in demand for properties in large city centres and an increase in surban areas. It is definitely something that property investors in it for the longer term need to know about.
Successful property investors always follow employment markets as the demand for housing will be strong and the ability for those people to purchase property is increased. It is also wise to keep tabs on other developments in a surban such as infrastructure, the building of new leisure centres and shopping malls and so on.
If your current property investment strategy is based around urban city centres then you may have to rethink this going forward. It is highly likely that businesses will do all that they can to save money, and being located in an expensive city centre when they don’t need to be just doesn’t make sense.
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