Places to Invest In UK Property In 2019
Last updated 18/03/2019
While UK property continues to represent a sound investment strategy for investors of all sizes, it makes good sense to invest in the right properties in the locations where the best returns are likely to be made. Although the UK provides something of an open market for investors’ right across the board, those who make the most astute choices are likely to gain the maximum in both short and long-term benefits. With this in mind, considering the best places to invest should be a priority from the outset.
Defying the logic and bucking the trends
Virtually anyone involved in UK property investment from residential owners to full-scale speculators and developers is well aware that some of the most expensive areas have actually seen a slow-down. Even as recently as January 2019, The Week.uk reported that house prices in inner London have seen a 2.5% slowdown over recent years and they predict the “worst” outlook on value increases since 1999 for the year ahead. We don’t mention this in a negative vein, however, but more to point out that better investment opportunities may lay elsewhere in the country. Predicting these potential “hot spots” isn’t always easy but by keeping an eye on where the property developers are planning to break ground is likely to be a fair indication. The fact that they, at least, are already prepared to commit to a specific area, should provide some vital clues for the would-be investor.
Considering recent performances
Thanks to a new wave of multi-investor type projects aimed at renting Millennials and students in a clutch of locations around the mid-northwest of the country, there have been outstanding annual rates of growth as high as 12% in some places. According to “This Is the Money”, the UK's top ten performing postcodes are in this area with Liverpool coming in at number one. Because of the popularity of these types of developments, it would make sense to expect these increases to continue especially while developers continue to attract the investment and promise the kind of returns that they have. In fact, the irony is that the developers themselves have almost by default become a kind of barometer by which investors are currently able to gauge the potential investment value of proposed projects.
The importance of being precise in where you invest
Close scrutiny of what is being built and where developers are building will provide investors with further insight into how to make the best of their property portfolio. It is no surprise that some of the large-scale projects that are yielding the most profitable returns are situated close to Universities and other centres of academia such as teaching hospitals. Transport links do, of course, play a strong role in how prices rise and the potential of rental returns even in instances where commuting isn’t a major consideration. Even a cursory glance at the municipal websites of these developing urban areas will reveal that student populations will continue to push up both the demand and value of accommodation in these cities.
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Please note, this blog post is not to be considered as investment advice. We recommend you seek independent financial advice and conduct your own due diligence before making any investment.