Buy-to-Let: Key Investment Tips
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Amid the political uncertainty, it’s good to know that Buy to Let still represents a good investment prospect for the medium to long term. If you’re looking for a good return over a ten-year period then Buy to Let ticks all the boxes.
Demand for rental properties is predicted to carry on rising with just 47% of those born in 1990 likely to be a homeowner by the age of 40. With low interest rates and volatile stock markets making other investments less attractive, Buy to Let is still a popular long term option. But with additional stamp duty and reduced tax benefits, and new legislation to comply with, it’s vital to get sound advice if you’re to get it right. So if you’re looking for advice on Buy to Let, consider these key tips.
Mortgage rates are low but do your research, shop around and speak to an independent broker. Factor in maintenance costs and make sure your investment will work even if rates change or your tenant becomes unable to pay their rent. A FREE 12 month rent guarantee and legal protection cover is a popular reason for letting your property through The Frost Partnership. We are one of the few agents in the UK to offer this type of protection for a full 12 month period so you can relax, knowing that your rental income is covered.
Location is crucial both for tenant numbers and quality, and for potential capital growth - the extra factor in Buy to Let investment. With dedicated Sales AND ARLA Propertymark trained Lettings teams in every branch, The Frost Partnership can advise which areas provide good returns and help you find suitable properties within budget. Often people invest close to where they live - they know the area and can keep an eye on the property. But it may be worth looking further afield. With our 15 office network of linked local offices we can search across Middlesex, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire for towns with good commuting or areas popular with families.
It is also worth looking at properties needing improvement; by adding value to a property you have an immediate margin on your investment. Although property price rises have stalled during Brexit uncertainty, there’s every indication that prices will start to rise again once that is finalised, so now is a good time to be looking for your next Buy to Let. Enhancing a property wisely can pay dividends and a good agent can advise on what is likely to be worthwhile.
As with any investment, it’s important to weigh up your options before you commit. For more advice on all aspects of Buy to Let and the legal, health and safety responsibilities of being a landlord contact your local Frost office.