July 2019 - Fife Properties
Fife Properties

Which type of property brings in the best rental yield

With rents increasing by 1.3% on an annual basis in May, it is clear that there is plenty of room for solid returns in the lettings market. If you are thinking of investing in a rental property, or you are a portfolio landlord looking to increase your selection of properties, then a key factor will be the potential yield that the property could return. Read on to look at our breakdown of properties and potential rental yields, and if you need any further advice then please feel free to contact us.

In terms of rental yields, Houses of Multiple Occupancy (or HMOs) are becoming ever more popular as investment properties and are widely viewed as the future of the rental market. HMOs were in previous years solely a staple of the student lettings market; however, this is now changing, and young professionals are now part of a growing tenant population favouring this rental configuration. For landlords, the mathematics is simple; multiple tenancies operating independently in one property increases rental yield significantly and means that void periods are far less of a problem.

According to the National Landlords Association, average rental yields sit at 6.9% for HMOs, some 1.3% higher than other properties. However, there are other considerations if you are thinking of buying a property with a view to let it out to multiple independent occupants; bedroom sizes must be at least 6.51 square metres and some HMOs will require a license, obtainable from the local council.

Properties in city centres are proving to be extremely popular and demand is rife for centrally located homes on the rental market. With that in mind, purchasing a flat or apartment could prove to be a shrewd move if you are looking to maximise your rental yield potential; with competition amongst renters keeping the prices of well-located properties high and avoiding those dreaded void periods of non-occupancy.

Houses with two bedrooms or more are by far and away the most popular choice amongst renters, whether they are detached, semi-detached or terraced. With the average age of the first-time buyer now at 30, more and more families are renting up until this point, so multiple bedrooms are a must. Appealing to this family and young professional market will help you to achieve your desired rental values and could potentially secure you longer tenancies with tenants willing to sign up to three-year contracts.

Fundamentally, there is no one single property which is guaranteed to give you a specific rental yield. Investing in property remains one of the most stable investment classes, and despite periods of ups and downs, in the long term it is difficult to find a more lucrative venture.

Fife Properties Lettings Director, Richard Cook commented: “One size does not fit all but we do find that 2 bedroom + semi detached/detached or terraced houses an extremely popular among tenants. Equally they give landlords a good return and provide a better exit strategy to flats if you need to sell later on”

Fife Properties currently offer a FREE initial consultation service which not only provides an idea of the rental value of your property but gives extremely useful advice on maximising the returns. To book click the link: https://www.fifeproperties.co.uk/property-valuation/

Nearly half of over-55s would downsize to fund jet-setting lifestyle

With more people living longer and ageing with much better health than ever before, those aged 55 and over are playing a key part in the national economy. Recent research from SunLife has surveyed this age group and found that nearly half would sell up in order to fund a more jet-set lifestyle.

Recent data from the Office of National Statistics has shown that the proportion of those aged 65 and over will rise by 5% over the next thirty years, with greater economic contributions coming from this group as the years progress. For those currently 55 and over, SunLife questioned 1,000 homeowners with a big choice; if they had the option between staying in their family home but never holidaying away from the UK again, or downsizing and then using the cash for foreign holidays which would they choose?

Interestingly, nearly 50% said that they would downsize (44%) in order to enjoy a jet-set lifestyle in their later years – what this does suggest, however, is that 56% would not be prepared to sell their family home. The research has shown that as we get older, the more attached we become to our properties; with those in the 65-80 group voting overwhelmingly to keep their property at the expense of not holidaying again.

Of course, as we get older the inclination to travel could decline as we may be less mobile or find the appeal of travelling for long periods less attractive than in our younger years, which could explain the growing desire to stay-put as we age.

Fife Properties Group Office Owner, Jim Parker commented: “Years ago this was never a factor but more and more people are realising that it’s more beneficial to release equity now by downsizing so they can either enjoy a better quality of life at a more affordable level and also passing some money on to their children to help them get started or pay off their mortgage. One other factor that seems to be appearing is the realisation that life savings could end up being taken by the government to pay for long term care if it’s needed.”

Fife Properties currently offer a FREE initial consultation service which not only provides an idea of the current value of your property but gives extremely useful advice on maximising the value when selling. To book click the link: https://www.fifeproperties.co.uk/property-valuation/

Buy to Let remains a solid property investment opportunity

Since 2016, there have been several changes to the property market across the United Kingdom – predominantly to the lettings sector. Despite these alterations to taxation, stamp duty and bureaucracy around rental properties, most buy-to-let investors are still finding the market to be lucrative, with stable returns.

With a number of landlords departing the market when initial government changes took place in 2016, competition in the marketplace is greatly reduced and the professionalism of the sector has blossomed.

Chris Baguley, Commercial Director at buy-to-let lender Together, said: “As casual owners exit the sector, buy-to-let is becoming ever more professionalised, as individuals and companies adopt a more rigorous approach to acquiring the right properties in the right areas, and getting them ready to rent within a limited time frame on a tight budget. Perhaps most notably in the housing sector, the balance of today, there is therefore notably less competition than there was before.

“Even if we don’t see the capital growth which has been evident over the past two decades, the income available from property investment can still be attractive compared to other asset classes.”

With rental incomes increasing – the Office of National Statistics announced this month that private rents rose 1.3% on an annual basis in May, increasing once more from April – the opportunities for buy-to-let investors are evident. Additionally, financing your properties has become easier with specific buy-to-let mortgages now offered by a plethora of lenders, who are fiercely competing with one another to keep their market share, providing investors with an opportunity to obtain extremely attractive rates.

A recent survey of more than 5,000 investors found that almost three-quarters of those surveyed considered buy-to-let to be the best, least volatile long-term investment. Indeed, some 83% of buy-to-let investors who were questioned stated that it was either unlikely or very unlikely that they would sell their property over the next year, with almost 60% going on to state that they had no intentions of selling for the next five years.

Fife Properties Group Office Owner, Jim Parker commented: “The term Safe as Houses still applies today. The returns from investment property are still as attractive as it was several years ago for the reasons stated above. However, getting the right property, whether to go sole trader or ltd company, the taxation implications regarding income tax and capital gains later are all extremely important to get right in the beginning. I’ve been involved in this as an active investor and landlord for over 26 years and learning by someone else’s experience is always the best way to go. It’s not the first time I’ve helped first time landlords get started and I still offer this service today.”

Fife Properties currently offer a FREE initial consultation service which not only provides an idea of the rental value of your property but gives extremely useful advice on getting started. To book an appointment click the link: https://www.fifeproperties.co.uk/property-valuation/

Buyer and seller activity increases as Brexit’s effects wane

In what appears to be a reaction to the most recent Brexit delay, the housing market is experiencing a pronounced period of activity, according to figures provided by NAEA Propertymark.

Property demand from prospective buyers was at an eight month high during May, with the number of registered property hunters increasing by an average of 16% during the month from 265 to 307. This represents the highest level of registrations since September of last year, another significant statistic in a period where increased levels of public activity are being seen across the market.

The supply of available housing has also seen an increase in line with this increased activity, with an average increase from 35 properties per member branch on offer in April to 41 in May. This also represents a year-on-year increase of four properties from the same month last year. Average sales per branch also saw a brief increase, from 8 in April to 9 in May.

So, what’s caused the increased activity? Seasonal demand appears to have played a part, alongside the aforementioned Brexit delay which won’t see Britain exit the European Union before October 31st at the earliest. With that in mind, buyers and sellers appear keen to progress with their plans and transactions during this period of relative political calm.

“It is encouraging to see the housing market bouncing back, with supply and demand rising to the highest levels seen since last year,” noted Mark Hayward, Propertmark’s chief executive.

“It’s evident that buyers and sellers are no longer waiting for the outcome of Brexit and want to get things moving, particularly as many sellers are realising that it’s a buyers’ market in certain areas of the country.”

Fife Properties Group Office Owner, Jim Parker commented, “Buyers and sellers have concluded that all the things that could affect the housing market from Brexit have now been factored in and some are not convinced we will be leaving in October. So, it’s business as usual because they cannot wait. We are seeing unprecedented levels of seller and buyer activity compared to previous years with many properties selling quickly but more importantly over the home report value “

Fife Properties currently offer a FREE initial consultation service which not only provides an idea of the current value of your property but gives extremely useful advice on maximising the value when selling. To book click the link: https://www.fifeproperties.co.uk/property-valuation/