London and UK Property Investment Blog

Buy-to-let financing gets cheaper in the UK

[fa icon="calendar'] July 31, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Cheaper buy-to-let mortgages equal better cash flow and bigger profits

Property investors who worry about cash flow have received another boost recently. In an already competitive buy-to-let mortgage market, Leeds Building Society has announced a refreshed 70% loan-to-value range. It claims its new two-year fixed rate deal is the lowest on the buy-to-let market. It could signal a price war, with other lenders cutting rates to attract buy-to-let financing business. Great news for property investors.

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Cryptocurrencies or property ­– what’s the better investment?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 17, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Age and experience are shown as key to making good investment choices

If I asked you what is better as an investment – cryptocurrencies or property – your answer may depend upon your age:

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Buy-to-let investors are looking forward to a bright future

[fa icon="calendar'] June 12, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Total returns continue to make property investment the number one asset

Recent research from two respected sources concludes that buy-to-let property investors can look forward to a bright future. Competition from tenants is increasing, rents are rising, and landlords selling in 2017 made an average of 69% total return after just 8.5 years of ownership. And it looks like there is better yet to come.

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All positive on property investment – prices, rents, and demand all up

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Proof positive that the potential for UK property investment is growing

This time last year, house prices in UK cities were rising at an average of 3.7% annually. The latest Hometrack analysis shows that this rate of price growth has increased by a third, to 5.5% over the last year.

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All lies! Buy-to-let property investors are expanding their portfolios, not selling

[fa icon="calendar'] April 26, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

New surveys show renewed confidence in the private rented sector

Perhaps it depends on who you are surveying or the questions that you ask, but recent buy-to-let landlord surveys show that the dire predictions of investors turning their backs on property and landlords selling up were wide of the mark. In fact, two separate surveys show the opposite is true: buy-to-let investors are expanding their portfolios and diversifying.

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Squeeze on buy-to-let profits appears to be ending

[fa icon="calendar'] April 13, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

House prices and rents are growing

The latest property news reads well for investors. Property price growth has stabilised, as have average rental yields, while rental prices are rising. No one is now forecasting a Brexit-induced crash in property price. The news flow indicates that the squeeze on buy-to-let profits may be coming to an end.

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Where are house prices rising fastest in the UK?

[fa icon="calendar'] April 6, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Identifying the best places to invest in property UK

The latest house price index – this one from Hometrack – confirms what readers of the Gladfish blog and newsletter have known for some time: London and the South have been usurped by northern cities for house price growth. In this article, we’ll look at how property prices are faring in the UK’s key cities, and shed light on why we believe the Midlands and the North of England could outperform the rest of the UK in the months and years to come.

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Is digital connectivity your trump card when you decide where to invest?

[fa icon="calendar'] April 4, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Why broadband speed should be added to your infrastructure checklist

High-speed broadband should be a feature on every property investor’s wish list. Even as recently as a couple of years ago, when we first highlighted broadband as the hidden advantage for London off-plan property investors, it was clear that a lack of high-speed connectivity could wipe as much as 20% off property prices. Now, high-speed broadband isn’t enough.

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Good news for property investors – rents up and prices rising faster

[fa icon="calendar'] March 26, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Three lessons to be learned from the latest property pricing data

Landlords in England and Wales had more welcome news last week. Average rents are still rising, and average house prices rose by their most in five months. Here we take a deeper look at the numbers behind the news.

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As London rents edge higher, UK property investors receive record rental income

[fa icon="calendar'] February 19, 2018 / by Brett Alegre-Wood

Is now the time to consider renewed investment in London?

Recently released rental market statistics show that average rental prices in the UK have reached record levels, and increased across every region for the first time in almost two years. Other reports confirm that rental prices in London have become more affordable over the last 12 months and that property prices in prime central London are bottoming out and could return to their long-term trend of growth this year.

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