Two years after the triggering of Article 50 and with the UK’s withdrawal around the corner, why should you consider investing in the UK property market?
The short answer is simple – the UK remains an attractive and stable market for property investment. Despite an initial slowdown after the Brexit vote, UK property has continued to present a reliable long-term investment opportunity, offering buyers the chance to purchase affordable property with strong rental prospects and long-term capital growth potential.
With regional cities such as Birmingham forecasting rental yields higher than 5%, these emerging markets are outperforming traditional London investments and providing a much more affordable option, driven by record levels of inward investment.
Birmingham alone is benefitting immensely from the Big City Plan, a 20-year project improving infrastructure through developments such as HS2. Birmingham is attracting major global corporations including HSBC and Deutsche Bank while also creating new residential, commercial and leisure spaces across the skyline.Birmingham’s population is expected to grow by 171,000 to a total of 1.3 million by 2039, with the city core expanding by 25% and nearly 50,000 new jobs being created as a result of the Big City Plan.
This level of regeneration is creating unprecedented demand for quality residential accommodation at the heart of regional cities across the UK. The popularity of city-centre living is at an all-time high, as professionals look to move to the heart of these thriving cities for the lifestyle, career prospects, quality of homes and amenities all within a stone’s throw of each other. With affordability still a huge issue for first-time buyers, more and more people are joining ‘Generation Rent’, a demographic that is consciously choosing to rent over the housing ladder.
The knock-on effect of this is an ideal buy-to-let market, ready for investors that want steady returns and low void periods. The UK is one of the most populated states in Europe and has a chronic undersupply of housing, highlighting the potential for a lucrative opportunity. Property in the UK also has something to suit every buyer – from brand new, stylish off-plan apartments to country properties full of character, there’s an unrivalled mix to suit a variety of budgets and investment strategies.
We’ve also seen a concerted effort by the UK private rented sector to provide more luxurious developments that harness smart living, helping provide a better experience for tenants. Communal areas, concierge services and on-site amenities are now the norm for new developments, creating communities that have the benefit of everything residents need on their doorstep, subsequently encouraging longer tenancies.
Combining these luxury features to developments with improvements being made to the infrastructure around the country, we can see an emerging new class of tenant that is well-connected in every sense, opting for the luxury city-centre living that is being made available to them.
Generally, the UK property market remains a stable, relatively low risk, high-performing option for investors. Property is a long game and the UK market suits this well, with many experts agreeing that while growth has slowed, it’s still heading in the right direction and set to rally in 2019.
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“For South African investors looking to purchase overseas, the UK property market remains a stable investment destination, with emerging regional markets such as Birmingham providing excellent returns and steady capital growth over the more traditional London investment. SevenCapital, as a leading UK developer, specialises in delivering these opportunities, guiding overseas buyers through every stage of their investment.”
– Wayne Morris
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