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Buy-to-Let London and the Commuter Belt Overview

London is one of the most well-known cities on the planet and the fifth largest by GDP. The city calls to tourists and ambitious youngsters alike, resulting in a vast business sector and fast-paced property market. Property investment companies offer opportunities in a wide range of areas of London and its surrounding commuter belt, from super-pricey city centre apartments to more reasonable investment opportunities in key growth areas, such as Reading or Gerrards Cross.

The number of households renting privately in London has shot up from 20% to 30% in a single decade, creating buy to let property UK opportunities aplenty. With demand outstripping supply in many areas, any property investment company worth its salt will keep close tabs on the London property market, along with the commuter belt that encircles the city. See our snapshot infographic for the city’s key highlights.

London Property Investment Outlook for 2019

Sales Market

£429,000
Average London house price
4.5%
Property price growth of 4.5% between 2018 and 2023 forecast by Savills
30.0%
30% of London households were rented privately in 2016/17 (up from under 20% in 2006/07)
24.4%
PwC predicts a rise of 24.4% in private renting in London by 2025 (compared with 14.5% nationally)

Rental Market

47.0%
Only 47% of Londoners own their own home (63% nationally)
£3,151PCM
Average asking rent stood at £3,151 pcm as at November 2018

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Regeneration

London is a dynamic and quickly changing city. So is the wider economic area that surrounds it. Recently, much regeneration work in and around the city has been spurred on by infrastructure improvements. Areas such as Reading that are set to benefit from Crossrail stations and HS2 stations are therefore firmly in the spotlight, as are several pockets of the city where property is currently undervalued.

Transport

Tunnelling for Crossrail began in 2012 and the first trains ran in 2017. Known as the Elizabeth Line, the £15 billion service will be fully open in 2019. HS2, meanwhile, will see vastly reduced journey times between London and several key regional cities, including Birmingham and Manchester. The service is due to open in phases from 2026 to 2030.

Neighbourhood

London is such a vast city that it can be tough to identify which neighbourhoods make for the best property investment UK opportunities. Areas to look out for are those where properties are undervalued but with good prospects for future price rises. Parts of Mitcham, for example, boast excellent potential on this front. In terms of the commuter belt, the key locations are those with a fast, reliable connection to London and an idyllic setting for family life.

Yields

The London property market is unique in the UK. Due to the elevated prices in the capital, yields are often lower than those in regional cities. However, the right developments in the right locations can still command healthy returns, particularly in top commuter belt locations. London also offers the potential for capital gains, as well as the prestige associated with owning a home in this leading global city.

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