With property renting still booming, and the so-called “generation rent” of 25 to 34-year olds still firmly entrenched in the rental market, it would seem that investing in rental property is still a safe bet for consistent returns. If you are thinking of investing or diversifying your investment portfolio, which is the best property type to invest in for the best yields?
Recent research from Yieldit shows that three out of the top five highest-yielding properties are houses with three bedrooms or more, producing net yields of up to 11%. This would indicate that properties which can house multiple tenants or larger families make a smart investment choice, as these properties are more frequently freehold rather than the less desirable leasehold, as well as having no service charges. Research from Mortgages for Business also supports this notion of HMOs (Houses in Multiple Occupation) giving the best rental yield with these properties bringing in the highest rental yield in 2016 and 2017 at 8.9%.
Houses as a property type produced average net yields of 6.4%, followed by studios at 5.3 % and apartments at 4.9%. When looking at investment data for apartments, the Yieldit data showed that for rental yields, apartments with fewer bedrooms actually command a higher net yield – the inverse of houses. The data showed that the average one-bedroom apartment produced a yield of 5.4%, compared to 4% for a two-bedroom apartment.
“Deciding on what type of property to invest in is one of the biggest choices a landlord has to make. Houses suitable for families remain a popular choice, and yields can be significantly higher when you remove costs like ground rent, service charge and self-manage – however, it’s important to note that this type of property might require more work and unexpected maintenance costs could affect annual returns,” says a Yieldit spokesman.
Fife Properties Group Office Owner, Jim Parker commented, “Being a Landlord is not for the fainthearted however I personally have been doing this for over 25 years and Fife Properties has been voted the No.1 Letting Agents in Fife for 8 years at the UK ESTAS awards by their existing landlords. This is a track record that no other agent has replicated plus we have all the experience to navigate a landlord from their purchase decision to full property management while protecting their investment”
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