5 REASONS TO INVEST IN THE U.K PROPERTY MARKET

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Analysts are predicting property values in the U.K to rise between 20% – 30% in the next five years, making buy-to-let investments very profitable. [1]

1. Record levels of population growth:

The latest census shows the UK’s population has increased by a record 7% (4 million) in the last decade to just over 63 million – which is almost equivalent to adding the entire city of Manchester every year. [2]

In the next 20 years the number of UK households is expected to reach 28 million – an increase of around 250,000 households each year. During the same period, single person households will increase by a further 3.2 million – accounting for 20% of all households – placing an even greater demand on available housing stocks. [2]

2. Housing supply at 100-year low:

The UK is now more crowded than any other major country in the EU or G8. With 402 people for every square kilometer, their population density is four times that of France and in the next 20 years will be double that of Germany – a country, which is almost three times larger. [2]

The latest Government estimates suggest that around 232,000 new properties need to be built in England every year just keep pace with demand, however the number of new homes being built is now at the lowest levels since the 1920’s. [2]

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3. 20% of population will rent within next five years:

Since 2002, demand for rental property has almost doubled. Rental properties currently account for just 11% of the total housing stock, which is great news for buy-to-let investors. [2]

4. Politically and economic stability:

Despite concerns over a “No Deal Brexit” the economy continues to grow. The economy has been creating jobs in the past three months at an annual rate of more than half a million a year. Employment as a proportion of the population is the highest since records began and unemployment is at its lowest since May 1975. And all this is two years on from the Brexit vote. [3]

5. Rising rental yields:

Falling house prices and steady or rising rents have improved yields for buy-to-let landlords on properties in England and Wales. [4]

Analysis from Hamptons International, an estate agent, found that average yields had crept up to 5.9 per cent in the last six months of 2018, having fallen every year since 2015. [4]

London showed the second biggest rise in yields of any region to 4.6 per cent, after a fall in house prices in the capital. [4]

Article Sources:

[1] https://www.propertysecrets.org/index.php/2018/01/30/invest-buy-let-2018/

[2] https://www.dandara.com/investing-in-property/reasons-to-invest-in-uk-property

[3] https://www.ft.com/content/bb088be2-7c70-11e9-81d2-f785092ab560

[4] https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/uk-economy-bank-of-england-imf-interest-rates-city-of-london-gdp-exports-imports-a8453381.html

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