Property investment

Residential property can make a great medium- to long-term investment.

While, as we have learnt in recent years, house prices can and do fall in the shorter term, over longer periods UK property has always gained value.

Demand for rental property is strong and increasing, and the yields or return on investment offered by property is very healthy compared to other forms of investment.

Buy-to-let mortgages are widely available and getting more competitively priced. But of course it is essential that you pick the right property and the right finance.

Click here for top tips on protecting your buy-to-let investment, or visit our calculators to find out how much a buy-to-let mortgage will cost, and how much rent you should charge.


UK house price growth up 9.1%

UK house prices leapt by 9.1% in the year to February 2014, up from 6.8% in the year to January 2014.


Southern property asking prices at all-time high - Rightmove

Following a 2.6% rise in just one month, asking prices in all southern regions reached record levels in April, with lack of supply driving growth.


More retirees to look for holiday homes abroad

The number of retirees planning to buy property abroad has risen to above pre-financial crisis levels, according to research from HSBC.

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Rapid rise in house prices predicted in 2013

Research shows that house prices have risen in the last year with forecasts for the rest of the year being revised upwards.


French mortgage rates hit record low

Fierce competition among French banks has pushed mortgage rates to an all-time low, with 20-year fixed deals available from 3.35% and trackers even lower.


Smaller properties provide best buy-to-let yields

Smaller properties are providing buy-to-let property investors with the greatest yields, says property giant Countrywide.


Valuation activity hits six year high

Valuation activity has reached levels not seen since March 2007, according to research by Connells Survey & Valuation.


International demand hikes Prime London rents

Areas popular with international tenants are achieving the highest rents in Prime Central London.


BTL landlords buy alongside Crossrail development

Buy-to-let investors have flocked to areas where railway stations or other transport infrastructure will open, a map from Savills confirms.

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Peckham offers best yields for landlords

Landlords in south east London enjoyed the best rental yields in the city last year, according to figures from Kinleigh Folkard & Hayward.

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Many empty London homes council-owned

Councils in the capital are to blame for the empty homes crisis as well as private landlords.


Leeds unveils new buy-to-let range

Leeds Building Society's fixed rate buy-to-let range now offers deals at 3.55% for two years and 3.79% for three years, both available up to 75% loan-to-value (LTV).


Households feel financial pressure ease

Households are becoming more optimistic about the state of their finances and the economic outlook, according to the latest consumer confidence poll.


DWP landlords barred from borrowing

Buy-to-let landlords whose tenants receive housing benefit are struggling to find mortgage finance.


Property prices to hold steady in 2013 - Nationwide

House prices remained unchanged in November with prices set to stay flat or decline modestly over the next 12 months, said Nationwide.

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