Brits are 3x more likely to invest in property than shares

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12 Jun 2017

Brits are three times more likely to invest in property than the stock market

Author: Joel Osbourne

One in three Brits claimed they are more likely to invest in property than stocks and shares. This recent data from The Independent confirms what the property industry have thought for a long time, buy-to-let is a profitable, reliable, form of investment.

Halifax reported that over the past three months, property prices have fallen by 0.2% - this is the first time prices have dipped since 2012.

Romans Lettings Director, Michael Cook explains: “The decline in property prices is small and is unlikely to have significant impact on the housing market. Mortgage rates are lower than ever and with less homes available to buyers, demand for property remains high.”

During the same three months last year, the market saw a surge of activity from buy-to-let investors keen to beat the change in stamp duty. When taking this into account, it becomes clear that the slight dip in property prices is unlikely to continue.

In addition to the stamp duty changes, the government has also imposed a number of other changes to the buy-to-let market designed help make housing more affordable for first time buyers. As a result there has been an increase in transactions in this sector however, many hopeful homeowners are still struggling to take their first step on the property ladder.

Michael continues: “With buyers struggling to raise the cash required to fund a house purchase, landlords are able to cash in on the ever-growing rental market and answer the demand for rental property.

Our own internal data for Q1 of 2017 shows transactions to buy-to-let investors are at the highest level since the drive to beat the stamp duty surcharge last year, meaning the confidence in the UK housing market shows no signs of slowing.”

To find out more about the buoyant buy-to-let market and our full suite of landlord services, contact Romans on 01344 985 870 or visit romans.co.uk/services.

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