Buy to Let Investors Increasing Property Portfolios in 2019

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The majority of UK buy to let investors are looking to maintain or grow the size of their property portfolios over 2019.

Research by Experience Invest shown that 39 per cent of UK investors are planning on increasing the size of their property portfolios over the coming 12 months, compared to just 11 per cent who intend to reduce theirs

The research shows that the vast majority of UK property investors are looking to maintain or grow the size of their property portfolios in the coming 12 months, with a mere 11 per cent planning to reduce the number of assets they own. It comes despite some suggestions that investors were turning their backs on bricks and mortar as an investment class.

Of those who are planning to invest in more properties in 2019, the research uncovered the top 10 regions and cities that most people are considering.

In terms of the most popular cities, London (35 per cent) just beat Manchester (33 per cent) to take the top spot. Liverpool (25 per cent) and Nottingham (15 per cent) came in third and fourth, followed by Bristol and Leeds, at 14 per cent and 13 per cent.

The rest of the top ten consisted of Birmingham and Newcastle (both 12 per cent), Luton (11 per cent), and a four-way tie between Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sheffield (all 8 per cent).

When looking at the types of property that investors were considering adding to their property portfolios this year, houses (67 per cent) were the most popular, followed by flats (54 per cent).

New-build residential properties also look set to receive a lot of attention, with 39 per cent of respondents keen to increase their property portfolios in this area, as do student accommodation properties (24 per cent).

Jerald Solis, Business Development and Acquisitions Director at Experience Invest, said: ‘In light of tighter tax regulations on landlords and on-going Brexit uncertainty, there have been some doom and gloom predictions about the future of the UK property market. But today’s research shows that, as an investment asset, real estate is still hugely popular, with a significant number of investors looking to grow their property portfolios further in 2019.

‘It’s interesting to see that, while London remains the most popular location for property investment, other regions across the UK are very close behind. In particular, the North West has established itself as something of a ‘hotspot’ for buy to let investors, with cities like Liverpool and Manchester providing strong rental yields and healthy capital growth.’