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London 2016 – the city of choice for buy-to-let investors

London’s housing market is a law unto itself. For years, the capital has raced ahead of the rest of the UK in terms of house price growth and remains a favorite with investors from around the world.

But what makes London’s housing market unique?

There are certainly factors that the English capital shares with the rest of the country. The UK faces a chronic shortage of housing and successive attempts to solve the shortage have been overwhelmed by demographic changes, including an ageing population and a reduction in the size of the average household. From 2001 to 2011, the number of households in the UK increased by 8%, with two person households accounting for 34% of all households, according to Census data.

The UK simply cannot build homes fast enough. Coupled with that is growing demand for rental property, caused by rising prices. This is felt more sharply in London than anywhere else. In the City of London, the average annual salary is £48,023, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), yet Rightmove puts the average house price at £935,704. Price comparison website Go Compare recently reported that first-time buyers in London need a salary of £140,000 to get on the housing ladder, which falls rather short of the median average of £30,388 across the capital.

London draws in bright young things from around the world thanks to its employment opportunities, cultural pursuits and world-class social scene. 16% of Outer London’s population is aged 25 to 34. The figure rises to 25% for Inner London, compared with the ONS’s figure average UK figure of 13%. But many of those who head to the city for work will never be able to buy there. Renters accounted for 50.4% of households in London, according to the last Census.

The result is strong demand for rental property across the capital, making it the UK’s most attractive rental market in the eyes of many investors. The average property price in London, based on Land Registry figures, is £514,097 (as at December 2015), but there are many areas of the capital with lower entry points for investors seeking out up and coming areas, with a view to enjoying capital growth as prices rise, as well as rental income.

Despite London’s prices being so far ahead of the rest of the UK, many analysts are confident that they will continue to increase. Knight Frank has projected cumulative growth of central London house prices of 20.5% in the five years to the end of 2020. On the outskirts of the city, including the commuter belt, prices are set to rise even further: by 23.4%.

As developers fail to keep up with the pace of growing demand in the capital, the limited housing supply looks set to continue to push up property prices in London for the foreseeable future. According to estate agency Savills, “The market conditions we called ‘normality’ 10 years ago will not be resumed anytime soon.” It seems that London’s spiralling property prices have become the new norm.

While investors are of course focused on London’s unique potential in terms of financial returns, there is also an added bonus to buying property in the capital. The prestige of owning property in London is not to be underestimated.

London is famous around the world. According to the MasterCard Global Destinations Cities Index, it was expected to welcome some 18.82 million visitors during 2015, making it the world’s most visited city. From Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament to the London Eye, London’s iconic imagery is recognised far and wide and owning property in the English capital unarguably carries a certain credence.

All in all, the financial and reputational aspects of London real estate investment combine to make the city a truly unique offering when it comes to property ownership. With a population of 8.5 million, 50% of whom rent their home, London provides buy-to-let investors with access to 4.25 million tenants. Coupled with the projected price rises of upwards of 20%, it’s hard to argue with the logic of making London your city of choice when it comes to profiting from a UK buy-to-let investment property.

There has never been a better time to invest in London

Property Investment in London

There’s never been a better time to invest in property in London. With property values set to rise exponentially in the next decade, investors and international landlords are flocking to the capital to take advantage of the huge well documented capital growth prospects.

Surrenden Invest provides off market London property investment services to an international client base. Headquartered in central London, our consultants have an in-depth understanding of the investment market in the capital and are perfectly placed to source the best possible opportunities for investors. To view our latest selection of London investment property, please click here.

Sourcing off market property
Surrenden Invest unlocks exclusive off market property developments in London, meaning we’re able to offer high yielding investments in the city in high demand growth areas.The London property market is one of the most sought after real estate investment markets in the world. Surrenden Invest has access to stock with leading developers and house builders, offering exclusive off-market deal terms and maximising earning potential.

Residential property
Surrenden Invest is uniquely placed to offer investors access to residential property developments in high demand growth locations with the security and peace of mind that comes with working with well-established developers. We offer independent, transparent advice to our investors with the sole aim of maximising their returns in one of the most profitable residential property markets in the world.

Student property
As the UK’s fastest growing asset classes, we also advise that investors consider purpose-built high quality student properties in sought-after locations, particularly those that are in close proximity to London’s world-leading universities. Investing in student property in London can be a hugely profitable investment option and Surrenden Invest is on hand to help private investors capitalise on this growing market and negotiate the best terms on any deal size.

Speak to us about our latest property investments in London. Call our management team today on 0203 3726 499.

Manchester is rapidly becoming an investment Mecca

Property Investment in Manchester

Its economy is buoyant; its population is growing. Manchester is a sprawling city that’s only set for more expansion in the years to come, which means it presents exceptional opportunities for private property investors.

If you’re looking for high capital growth in key up-and-coming locations, Surrenden Invest will deliver. We bring our investors exclusive, off market property investments in Manchester that generate high yields and excellent capital growth. Our end-to-end property management services in Manchester allow you to leave the everyday running of your investment portfolio in the hands of our experienced team.

To view our latest selection of Manchester investment property, please click here.

Speacialising in off market property
Our strong relationships with local developers and house builders ensure we’re able to source the newest off market property investments Manchester has to offer. Our investors benefit from exclusive opportunities that are simply not available elsewhere; they are guided into strong investments by our expert consultants, who offer transparent, accurate advice that enables investors to make well-informed decisions, regardless of their previous investment experience.

Residential property
Residential properties are in high demand in virtually all regions of the city as developers strive to meet the needs of a growing population. Surrenden Invest will find a residential investment property in Manchester to suit the needs of any international investor. Calling upon our extensive knowledge of the local market, we will source and manage residential property investments that are going to bring you high yields and widen your earning potential.

Speak to us about our latest property investments in Manchester. Call our management team today on 0203 3726 499.