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Property investment in London requires extensive research and planning, but offers highly lucrative rewards if done successfully. There are a number of very tempting benefits to investing in property in the UK’s capital, such as the financial and political stability that the city enjoys. But are you sure that it’s the right investment decision for you? And do you know which areas in London are best to invest in? 
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In the current market, investing in property gets you a better return than the bank due to the demand for great properties in good locations. And in what city is there a higher demand for property than London? As demand is so high and the market moves so fast, finding and accessing profitable London properties can be difficult without the right help. Gladfish can provide everything an investor needs to build a property portfolio in London, all effortlessly done for you. Start your London property investment journey with us at your side! 

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London property investment is a more than worthwhile venture if you are selective with the areas you choose to invest in. Without knowledge of the right areas, you may find that your investment suffers due to low rental yields, dwindling demand, and slow property price growth in many parts of London. This is why it is so important it is to do your research when trying to find the best investment opportunities London has to offer.

The number of households renting privately in London has shot up from 20% to 30% in a single decade, creating plenty of opportunities for buy-to-let projects to thrive. Rental demand is huge, so any savvy property investor should be keeping close tabs on the London property market, along with the commuter belt that encircles the city.

Many people see buying an investment property in London as the way to future financial stability. In recent years, London has been considered a ‘safe haven’ for property investment, and this opinion doesn’t look like it is set to change any time soon. Gladfish can help you achieve this financial stability with our expert guide to London Property Investment.

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Discovering Profitable Areas in London

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Finding the right areas to invest in is crucial to successful property investment in London. While it is the most expensive city for property in the UK, there are some areas of London which are more affordable than others. Some examples of areas that you should consider include Ilford, Romford, Barking, Dagenham, Harlington, and Thamesmead. East London in particular is considered one of the best areas to invest.

Without knowing what the best places to invest in London are, it can be difficult to make a healthy profit. To help give you a better idea of where to invest in London property, check out our property investment area guides or contact our team today.

Managing Your London Property Investment

Gladfish offer an effortless property management service in London to help oversee your property investment. We understand that you are an investor and not a landlord, so we will take care of the time consuming landlord duties, doing all the hard work for you. From finding your tenant, to managing the property, paying your bills, accepting your post, arranging your tax, and paying your rent within 24 hours of receipt, we’ve got you covered.

At Gladfish, we have a ‘Set and Forget’ philosophy, leaving you time for the important things in life, like lifestyle, family and your passions. Your dedicated property manager will take care of all the day to day problems that might occur. Even throughout the night you won’t be disturbed, thanks to our 24/7 emergency hotline for tenants. Leave all of the hassle and stress to us. 

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Our team can also offer specialist guidance and advice for growing your property portfolio in London. The careful management of a property portfolio can help improve its profitability. We help you achieve this through portfolio expansion, improving rental yields, or increasing capital growth. Monitoring overheads, minimising rental voids and strategic refinancing also all contribute to enhance portfolio performance. Do you need help with this? Contact our team today!

Diversification will help minimise risk as your property portfolio grows. Spreading the investment across different markets and locations can safeguard against fluctuations in property values. While your focus is on growing your portfolio, we are here to help, including with the maintenance and management of your London properties.

London Property Investment FAQs

Is property in London a good investment?

Yes, predictions for 2021 show London as the second best investment opportunity in Europe, behind Berlin. While Covid has been “game-changing”, these reports are focused on long-term predictions where London is still seen as an excellent property investment opportunity.

Even during this period of uncertainty, investors are continuing to see Europe’s core cities as safer bets. Most experts agree that house prices in London are likely to gradually increase over the next few years, so the UK’s capital is certainly worth your consideration as an area for property investment. We can help you to find the right areas in London to invest.

How do beginners invest in London property?

Research is key, especially in London where house prices are typically higher than anywhere else in the UK. Use our hotspots algorithm area research to identify the best places in London to invest, and get advice from professionals such as our team here at Gladfish.

We have a range of tools for beginners looking to get started in London property investment and we can help you with all aspects of your investment, from finding opportunities to property management, growing your portfolio and much more.

What does London property offer for investors?

With London property there are two main ways of making your investment successful: rental returns and capital appreciation. As would be expected from a capital city, rental demand is consistently high in London and house prices are predicted to rise. London benefits from a global demand for homes, but there remains a shortage of supply due to space constraints, increased population, planning delays and not enough developers able to fund and supply homes.

Over the past decade London’s population has increased by around 800,000 whereas just 200,000 new homes have been built – and London’s population is expected to increase by more than 1m over the next decade. The consequence of this supply and demand imbalance therefore means high property price growth.

Where are the best areas for property investment in London?

The key to getting London property investment right is finding the right areas to invest. In certain areas property prices are too high to make your investment worthwhile. However in other developing areas of London where property prices are lower, you can discover excellent buy to let investment opportunities, especially if you explore off plan investments too.

Currently some of the best places to invest in London are: Ilford, Romford, Barking, Dagenham, Harlington, and Thamesmead. Check out our area research guides and speak to a member of our team for the very latest London property investment advice.

Where can investors still buy affordable property in London?

Whilst it is true that much of London has been gentrified, there are still affordable areas that are undergoing significant regeneration. These represent a fantastic opportunity for investors and can be found both north and south of the river.

Bermondsey, just south of the river, is an area that has seen promising regeneration and has recently been named one of the top places to live in London. Here it is still possible to achieve capital growth with smart property investment in London. Another such area is Caledonian Road. Even though it neighbours the now largely unaffordable King’s Cross, regeneration has extended to this up and coming area and it presents an opportunity for investors. Gladfish can help you find affordable areas in London for property investment opportunities - Check out our area research guides for more! 

Where are the student hot spots in London?

Many students choose to live in or close to Central London, near to their university. This means that they are close to their studies as well as the nightlife, restaurants and many other attractions that Central London has to offer. London School of Economics, Queen Mary and King’s College are situated around Aldwych and Holborn. Imperial College is located in South Kensington and UCL is around Russell Square and Euston.

Spitalfields and Shoreditch, which are found on the outskirts of the City of London and close to Liverpool Street, are popular places for Chinese students to live. East London in particular has a reputation among students for being a trendy and arty area. Other popular student areas include South Kensington due to its proximity to Imperial College London and King’s Cross, one of the best-connected areas of London. 

There are a number of different popular student areas across London. If you’re interested in London property investment for student accommodation, Gladfish can help you find it!

How Has Covid-19 Affected London Property Investment?

Despite the uncertainty brought by the Covid-19 pandemic, the London property market retained its status as one of the places to invest in the UK. However, it has brought about some changes that you’ll need to be aware of if you are considering London property investment.

As a result of the intermittent lockdowns, more renters have started looking for properties featuring qualities such as gardens or outdoor space. This has led to less demand for city centre London property, and more demand for rental properties in more suburban London locations, such as those mentioned above.

Is buy to let in London a good investment idea?

Yes. When you purchase a property in a prime UK location such as London, you can benefit from consistent rental income each month, along with the chance to make big returns when you decide to sell the property – provided the value has increased. Buy to let investments remain a good idea for property investment in London in 2021.

How to choose the best property investment opportunities in London

Choosing the right investment property will depend on a number of factors. The most important things to consider are your available resources and your investment goals. If you’re willing to wait a while for returns on investment, you should consider investing in a developing area in London where your buy to let investment can thrive.

There is no shortage of property investment opportunities in London, which includes a diverse mix of people, cultures, and backgrounds. This diversity is reflected in the properties and opportunities that are available to investors. Whether you want to invest in a buy to let family home in the suburbs or a commercial premises in the city centre, London has something for everyone.

How should I finance my London property investment?

Depending on your financial circumstances, there are a number of ways to finance your investment in London property. Some like to save up their money and pay for the property in cash. This may seem like a wise idea, except that it can tie up your cash reserves – preventing you from buying other properties or making much-needed repairs on your existing property (or properties).

Another strategy is to get a mortgage, by putting 20% down, for your investment property. While it may seem counterintuitive to incur more debt, this can actually pay off better in the long-term, as rents increase your mortgage will eventually be paid off. Other investors may prefer to look for private financing to purchase their investment properties, such as through a private money lender. Though financing of this kind usually requires some kind of track history as an investor, or at least some kind of relationship with the private lender, this type of financing can be quite lucrative.

How does London’s unaffordable property market present an opportunity?

House prices in London have skyrocketed in recent years and become unaffordable to many. In fact it is estimated that property prices in London are 14 times higher than the average salary. This has meant that more people are moving to London’s commuter belt, where they can get better value for their money. 

If you’re an investor seeking to attract reliable tenants, buying in commuter towns is certainly a great option to consider. Not only are they a more affordable investment, but there will also likely be more buyers interested when time comes to sell, as more people will be able to afford to buy them.

What to consider before investing in London property

When it comes to London property investment, a big aspect to factor in is the price of the deposit. However, there are other costs to think about too, such as agency fees, taxes, mortgage fees and legal fees. Make sure you get your figures right before committing to anything, and if you are in any doubt, get expert property investment advice. London property can be highly profitable but also very costly if you get it wrong. 

Take the time to research the city (use our area research guides!), as every area of London offers something different. Some places might have great transport links, while others might be more appealing to your chosen tenant demographic. Work out your ideal tenant and base your investment around that. 

If you’re interested in learning more about London property investment, including getting expert advice and having a team on hand to assist, get in touch with Gladfish.

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