Take care when it comes to investing in rental property
When it comes to investing in rental homes in the UK, it is no longer as easy as it used to be, with a far more competitive UK property market existing in this area.
It was reported recently by LSL Property Services that the demand for homes in the privately rented sector had once again driven up the average cost of monthly rental payments. The firm said that the July 2012 costs of £718 per month were just £2 lower than record highs seen in October.
This means that a far greater number of landlords are now trying to get themselves a piece of this lucrative pie. For this reason, anyone looking to make this kind of investment needs to know the best way to do so.
Richard Donnell from Hometrack has said that there are many different considerations that need to be made before anyone spends money on such a project.
He said that the first thing to look at before buying into rental properties is the location. Homes which are located close to amenities such as bus stops and supermarkets will bring in more rent, while those near university campuses will always be hugely popular.
Mr Donnell added that making sure demand is high enough so that homes are always occupied is also a great way to ensure a good return on investment.
"Investing in residential property is all about ensuring that the property is occupied and rental income is maximised to meet outgoings and mortgage payments where a buy to let mortgage is used. Void periods can be very costly to cashflow."
He also went on to say that it can be good to consider options for financing the project before you begin, as some options will make it far easier to purchase than others.
"It is quite easy to get into the rental market whether you buy a property for cash or with a mortgage, its slightly harder buying with a mortgage as the lender will conduct a range of checks before advancing the loan but the key is to be able to come up with a suitable sized deposit," Mr Donnell added.
Posted at 12:47 06/08/2012