Top property investor hotspots released

Top property investor hotspots released

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Scott Hendry | Together

Scott Hendry, director at specialist lender Together, looks at the rise in house prices across different regions, and what this means for property investors.

As we find ourselves firmly in the middle of quarter one of 2016 (yes, already!), we can be certain that April 1st will soon be upon us – with the buy-to-let stamp duty increase looming on the horizon.

Not that this has deterred property investors who, as predicted, have continued to seize the opportunities presented to them thanks to rising house prices. According to the latest figures from December 2015, house price annual inflation was 7.3 per cent in England and average house prices in the UK rose by £350 a week throughout 2015. Furthermore, data from the Council of Mortgage Lenders revealed that lending to buy-to-let investors reached its highest level last year since 2007, with the number of loans handed out having increased by 30 per cent on the same month in 2014.

So, what does this mean for your region and where is best for you to invest? We take a look at the areas that have recently hit the headlines.


East and South East of England

The East of England certainly looks like an attractive prospect for property investors. The 7.3 per cent annual house price inflation in England was partly driven by an annual increase in the East of 9.7 per cent. Average house prices in the region rose the fastest in the UK last year – increasing by more than £25,000 since 2014 to reach a new record figure of almost £315,000, the biggest yearly increase in the region since 2002.

The South East has seen 8.8 per cent year on year growth, with prices increasing to an average of £365,000, making it another appealing area for property investors. A persistent shortage of housing is the main driver for rising house prices, as demand far outstrips supply and it’s predicted that prices will continue to increase further, with approximately 7 per cent of homes expected to be million pound properties by 2030. With this in mind, the South East could present an interesting prospect for investors with a mid-range budget.

London

For those with a bigger budget, London, predictably, remains the most expensive region for house prices, with the average price at £536,000. Santander has predicted that by 2030, one in four homes in London will cost more than £1m, compared to one in 20 homes across Britain, keeping London firmly at the top of the property stakes.

North East

For those with a lower-level budget, purchasing a property in the North East may be the most viable option, as it’s the cheapest region to buy in England, with house prices averaging £155,000. For those property investors looking to procure property at a lower cost, this area could be an ideal starting point.
As we can see, investing in the UK housing market offers a variety of options for keen property investors. Set in a global context, with interest rates likely to remain low and the stock market volatile, property is certainly an enticing investment opportunity.

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 22 Jul 2016

"While house prices in the most expensive eleven boroughs have declined values in the cheapest eleven boroughs continue to rise" - not a nice way to even out the price range. London is overrated as it

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AbbieP.
AbbieP. 21 Jul 2016

And try to profit from your decisions, I may add

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 19 Jul 2016

Retirement investment has always been one of the biggest draws of buy to let. And the buy-to-let demographic is, on balance, older. (Over a third of our applicants are over 50 at the time of application.) It...

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Forrest Wheatey
Forrest Wheatey 11 Jul 2016

I find the time perfect for ever home-owner wannabe. Prices should slowly, but steadily drop, at least for the inner buyer. Making it harder for outsiders to buy properties (the whole Brexit thing means...

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Why should Ajay even have to be looking for it. It should be public knowledge. Why is not just publish each years and to were it is and be AUDITED. Accountability.

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property guru
property guru 11 Jul 2016

Surprise suprise

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CommercialTrust
CommercialTrust 30 Jun 2016

This is great news for buyers and investors in a period of significant uncertainty. The 10-year buy-to-let fix at 3.99% in particular is excellent, a clear 100 bps ahead of the nearest competition. Though...

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Lee
Lee 30 Jun 2016

Let's see what happens to north-east property prices when Nissan announce they're leaving.

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I just read another article about eviction rising and this was exactly what was on my mind, Housing has become "cat and mouse"...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

I am really not surprised. I've seen one too many impudent tenants and in my humble opinion renters have one too many privileges and options to abuse heir landlord in so many ways...

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DmitriKara
DmitriKara 29 Jun 2016

There is still so much uncertainty and I will surely step back and see what's happening before I could make any decisions on my end.

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ChristinaReedUK
ChristinaReedUK 20 Jun 2016

I don't understand why it's always a war between the two sides. Either, way the landlord is probably keeping a detailed inventory and will see the changes you've made. I just don't understand why there...

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