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June 15, 2017
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Landlords looking outside of London for the best yields

Latest industry research suggests that buy-to-let landlords are looking away from London and towards the regions, in order to find the best rental yields. Provincial cities with notoriously large populations of university students within the North and the Midlands have been named in the top-ten UK buy-to-let hotspots. Just three London boroughs- namely Southwark, Newham and Tower Hamlets- made it into the top 20. Location, Location, Location It appears that a number of landlords are being thoughtful about location before deciding the go ahead and purchase an investment property. Many are conscious of the fact that its value will appreciate at a greater rate than mortgage borrowing. Significantly-higher property prices in some regions of the capital…
June 13, 2017
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Private rented sector in UK likely to grow by 24% by 2021

The proportion of households in the private rented sector in the UK is set to grow by 24% by 2021 which means that one in four will be renting rather than owner occupiers, new research shows. Overall the PRS has doubled in the last 10 years or so, and it is expected to continue to grow to 5.79 million households while 68% of renters still expect to be living in the rental sector in three years’ time, according to the latest tenant survey from real estate firm Knight Frank. The report says that growth of the PRS has been spurred by conditions both in the housing and labour markets. Younger workers especially are taking advantage of…
June 12, 2017
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House prices reach new high despite election fears

The latest analysis and data from Your Move has revealed that, despite uncertainty surrounding the General Election, the average price of a home in England and Wales reached a new high in May , with a rise of 0.3% to £303,200. According to the report, the value of the average home has now increased £13,934, or 4.8%, in the last 12 months. The data shows that activity also remained relatively strong, with transactions slightly lower than usual for the season but still up 6% on April, with an estimated 62,500 sales. Your Move says a sharp slowdown in sales in London, the South East and East of England is increasingly being offset by more resilient performance…
June 8, 2017
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Why Supported Housing Property Bonds are on the rise

Supported housing currently occupies an important position within the British real estate market. The support and funding that is provided within this sector helps improve the quality of life for the most vulnerable people within society as well as goes towards reducing the pressure on the NHS and care services. Therefore, any investor thinking of putting their money into the supported housing property sector, will not only see their capital increase, but will also have the satisfaction of knowing that their money is going towards assisting the less fortunate population. A recent research survey carried out by the National Housing Federation provides some interesting facts to justify this point: in 2015/2016, there was an undersupply of…
June 5, 2017
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Rents in Britain up by average of 5.75% year on year

Average rents in Britain increased by 5.75% year on year in the first quarter of 2017 to £770 although there is some regional variation, according to the latest index figures. Some areas of the South East reported slight falls in rent and other areas, such as the East Midlands and Yorkshire saw increases of over 7% year on year in the first three months of the year compared with the same period in 2016. The rental index from lettings agents Belvoir is based on average advertised monthly rents, which are obtained from property portal Rightmove and since it began in 2008 rents have moved broadly in line with wages and large movements over and above 5%…
June 5, 2017
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Manchester remains a top BTL hotspot

According to recent research, Manchester is one of the top 10 places in the UK for rental growth with average yields of almost 9%. The M6 postcode, covering Pendleton, Claremont, Langworthy and Salford, offers the top average rental yields in Manchester (8.84%) and has an average monthly rent of £1,034. Close to the centre of Manchester and the University of Salford, this postcode is popular with students and young professionals. South of the city centre, the M14 postcode, covering Fallowfield, Rusholme and Moss Side, is seeing average rental yields of over 8%.  Again this postcode is popular with students, as it is close to the main University of Manchester campus. The M5 postcode, which is close…
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