Residential Property: Best performing investment for two decades

Residential Property: Best performing investment for two decades

Happy New Year? Not for investors. With stock markets in the red and commodities at rock bottom, where should investors turn?

Despite all the tax and regulatory changes in the pipeline, the answer seems to be, once again, bricks and mortar.

Residential property investment in England and Wales has massively outperformed other major asset classes over the past two decades, according to a new property index launched today.

The Property Partner Residential Market Index presents the most accurate picture yet of the performance of residential property as an asset class, net of operating costs and capital improvement expenditure.

The Index shows that £100 invested in London’s property market twenty years ago would be worth £1195 today. This compares to:
 
●     £728 for property in the South East
●     £608 for property across England and Wales
●     £473 for the FTSE All Share index
●     £299 for gold
●     £224 for cash savings
 
Residential property investment in England and Wales has delivered average annual total returns of 9.34% over the last 20 years, far outperforming the other asset classes.  The make-up of these total returns differs across regions with London offering lower income and higher capital growth versus regions outside London where the balance is more even or the opposite is true.


The Index starkly reveals how the huge increase in property prices in London and the South East has squeezed yields for investors in these regions. While buy-to-let landlords in the North East can expect to earn a net annual income of 4% on their properties, the average net yield in London has fallen consistently over the years to an average of 2.7% in the year to November 2015.

The perfect hedge

The new analysis reveals that, over 20 years, residential property has represented a lower risk to investors, even when compared to gold, traditionally considered to be a safe haven.

In fact, the supply and demand drivers of the housing market mean that residential property is not closely correlated to the performance cycles of other assets, in particular equities, fixed interest and commercial property. This makes residential property a very strong hedge against wider volatility in the economy.

Take the Global Financial Crisis: from its peak in February 2008 to its trough in April 2009, residential property in England and Wales fell 14%. This compares favourably to the FTSE All Share total returns index which peaked in February 2007 and bottomed out in February 2009, falling 41%.  Although gold served as a safe haven during the Global Financial Crisis in the longer term this asset class significantly underperforms residential property.

Property Partner’s, CEO, Daniel Gandesha, said: “Residential property investment has long been considered attractive, but there has been a lack of objective and accurate data taking into account the typical costs associated with the asset class. The Property Partner Residential Market Index brings insight and transparency to the residential property asset class, enabling investors to both track the wider market and compare its ongoing performance relative to other asset classes.”

Until now, only a fortunate minority have been able to access the benefits of property investment due to the prohibitively high costs of entry.

But our crowdfunding platform is, for the first time, opening up the asset class to investors of all sizes; delivering innovation into a previously antiquated sector and allowing anyone to invest in better buy to let at the click of a button.”

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 19 Jul 2017

Great advice, but may I also add that when buying an already built home, make sure you do all of the proper inspections. Most importantly pest inspection because people tend to get surprised when they

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IrisJ.
IrisJ. 17 Jul 2017

The third point is, in my opinion, the most important one. People have become too inconsiderate and careless when it comes to rented properties. If a landlord wants to protect their property, regular visits...

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cornishalan
cornishalan 10 Jul 2017

Added to the cost of purchasing these village properties are the above average maintenance costs. Particularly where the property is a listed building or requires specialist building skills such as thatching...

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Jo Mullett
Jo Mullett 07 Jul 2017

Here in Swansea, known as the Japanese knotweed capital of the UK, it never fails to amazes me that people have no idea of the potential problems this invasive non-native plant can cause when buying or...

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NathanG
NathanG 05 Jul 2017

McDonalds, for example, have been purchasing their real estate on prime locations for years. If something happens to the company they'll have invaluable assets that will be able to save them. We might

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Jonah
Jonah 04 Jul 2017

Graham: surprised to see you cite the "extra tax liability" as capping out at ?560. It doesn't - the extra tax is exponential, as it is levied on the income (i.e the inflating level of rental income you...

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Dianne Griffen
Dianne Griffen 29 Jun 2017

Be very wary of anyone bringing you deals that they have ?found? and want to ?sell on to you? or ?joint venture? with you on ? you need a proper legal contract for this, involve a RICs surveyor to confirm...

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jason hadzikostas
jason hadzikostas 28 Jun 2017

The most important thing is a budget. Students have to manage their spendings in food, house maintenance, books and many other things. According to me, student Studios are the perfect option for them as...

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SecomTech
SecomTech 22 Jun 2017

AT Last...This was discussed years ago and there was a move towards landlords registering their bad tenants on a database..(can't remember where) It seems a logical step though our leaders will probably...

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Bertrand
Bertrand 02 Jun 2017

How about the Welsh Govt introducing a scheme to protect landlords against "rogue" tenants who are then taken to court for criminal damage to the properties they trash. Pretty unlikely I suspect and politically...

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AmberMorris
AmberMorris 25 May 2017

"Please don't pick a novelty tune-playing doorbell. They're not 'fun'. They're stupid." Laughed a lot to this. It's actually true, though.

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Oliver Conway
Oliver Conway 18 May 2017

Making a neat inventory is a good idea, but if the seller is not willing to provide it, can the buyer demand it?

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