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4 Feb 2019

Three reasons to invest in property right now

Author: Grace Watson

For many Britons, the idea of investing their money into property remains appealing, as the security of bricks and mortar continues to win over the trust of many investors when compared to alternative investment models. Despite ‘Brexit’, interest rates are still low meaning there’s a fantastic selection of mortgage deals available, and with a rise in interest rates expected this year, it’s best to look into a long-term rate.

Here’s three top considerations, if you’re thinking about investing in property:

  • House price rises have priced many people out of the property market, including investors. The result? Many areas of the UK are still to regain the ground lost after the financial crisis slump, meaning there’s several opportunities for landlords looking for strong capital growth.
  • Mortgage rates remain at a record low, helping buy-to-let investors make their yields work! With BTL rates as low as 1.49%* on a two-year fixed term, landlords have plenty of great deals to choose from.
  • House prices have declined from their recent peak, meaning that landlords are able to get some great deals with low mortgage rates.

 

Recent research conducted by Property Wire and HMRC have found the majority of property professionals investing in the UK are looking to expand their portfolios in 2019, remaining focused and determined despite the Brexit backdrop and squeeze on profits.

MT Finance reported that around 80% of investors say their plan is to grow their property portfolios this year, whilst just 20% are not thinking about changes. Of the 80% looking to expand their property businesses, half said they are looking to buy in the South East of England, cementing the region’s title as one of the best places in the UK To invest.

This is supported further by HMRC’s recent revelation that stamp duty transactions fell by £1 billion in 2018, confirming that the UK property market had seen a vast reduction in high value purchase transactions, and that house prices have now settled from their recent peak. This offers fantastic opportunity for landlords looking to expand their portfolios in 2019.

“The fact that property professionals already in the market have revealed they will continue to invest in the UK, despite uncertainty and economic challenges, bodes extremely well for the future of the rental market,” suggests Richard O’Neill, Managing Director of Lettings at Romans.

Looking to invest in property this year? Check out our property hotspots, or call your local Romans branch for advice from one of our property professionals on 01344 985 870.



*Lender: The Mortgage Works, Rate 1.49%, APRC 4.3%, Fixed to 31/04/21

 

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