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The London housing market is one of the most exciting – and sought-after – in the world. Buy-to-let investors there have an incredible range of choice and long-term forecasts from Savills project price rises of between 15% and 21% by the end of 2021. This indicates excellent potential for capital growth from buy-to-let property in London.

Find the right property for you in London

Buy-to-let property investment in London – London investment properties in top city locations.

Like many UK cities, London is in the midst of a housing crisis. Decades of undersupply have led to consensus that the capital requires 50,000 new homes per year to meet demand, yet barely half of this number are currently being built each year.

Meanwhile, the capital’s owner-occupier numbers are dropping rapidly. In 2000, 60% of Londoners owned their homes. By 2025, 60% will be renting. This is exciting news for those interested in buy-to-let property investment. No property investor can afford to overlook London. Despite Brexit-related uncertainty, prices in the capital still rose by 3.2% in 2016, demonstrating the resilience of the market to political turbulence.

Rents in London reached £1,520 pcm in February 2017, based on figures from HomeLet. That’s a jump of 23% since 2011, according to the London Economic (compared with a 14% rise across Great Britain as a whole).

London Outlook for 2019

Sales Market

£1,343,582
Cheapest average house price is £291,159 in Barking and Dagenham; most expensive is £1,343,582 in Kensington and Chelsea (March 2018)
£429,000
Average London house price is £429,000
4.5%
Property price growth of 4.5% between 2018 and 2023 forecast by Savills
47%
Only 47% of Londoners own their own home (63% nationally)

Rental Market

30%
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)
26%
Just 26% of Londoners currently aged 20-39 projected to own their own home by 2025
24.5%
Savills projects a rise in rents of 24.5% in London by 2021

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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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