Being a buy-to-let property investor makes it extremely important to pay attention to long term trends in the market in order to make the best possible choices.
Our Quarterly Reports compile market trends, average prices and prices rises across the UK, key information on national buy-to-let hotspots and answers to the burning property questions of the moment.
The third quarter of 2016 was defined by something of a return to normalcy in the UK residential property market. The fallout from the Referendum on membership of the European Union continues to dominate headlines and the discussion around the economy, but the housing market has been quietly getting on with business.
Buy-to-let enquiries and the overall number of rental listings increased significantly in Q3, speaking to the health of the market. We speculated in our Q2 report that the UK rental market would not suffer too much from the political and economic instability on the basis that people always, in good times and bad, need somewhere to live. As the market has continued to show its fundamental health, this hunch has proven to be correct.Download our guide
from the Q3 2016 report
The second quarter of 2016 was predictably dominated by the Referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. After decades of cooperation and mutual growth the British economy is so entangled with that of Europe that anything threatening to disrupt the continental relationship was guaranteed to be an overriding concern for all involved.
However, this focus did not mean that the housing market remained stagnant—in fact, growth continued apace in the face of uncertainty as homebuyers and investors took advantage. International investors in particular, from America to the Middle East to China, were watching the build-up to the Referendum with a keen interest, wondering if foreign investment in UK property had a viable future.Download our guide
from the Q2 2016 report
Q1 2016 was busy for property investors and a good start for the market. The strong growth seen throughout 2015 continued into the new year despite political uncertainty and a rising storm among the public regarding the lack of affordable housing stock.
The Government’s changes to Stamp Duty led to rush among investors looking to beat the tax increases. There was much speculation regarding whether the buy-to-let market would slow down in. In reality the market thrived in the face of the tax rise.
The European Union referendum is approaching and warnings of financial turmoil proliferate from both sides of the debate. The result of the referendum is likely to have a more significant effect on the property market than any other single factor as the year goes on.Download our guide
from the Q1 2016 report
With the end of the year fast approaching, it seems as if this year has been inherently positive for the UK housing market as a whole. Rents have grown, house prices have grown and, as a result, yields have also increased significantly throughout the year.
With the dust fully settled from the General Election this summer the housing market has once again resumed to full capacity, with transaction levels returning and even surpassing activity levels recorded pre-election.
Investors in particular have enjoyed the market's return to stability, reverting back to the status quo of higher house prices pushing more people into the private rental sector and forcing them to stay there longer, which has kept rents high throughout the quarter.Download our guide
from the Q4 2015 report
The uncertainty surrounding the general election has begun to pass and house prices are beginning to settle down again according to Nationwide. Months of headlines about housing bubbles and rocketing prices appear to be on the wane.
That being said, there is still a lack of available properties for buyers and investors. Despite the fact that construction levels are beginning to see increases many experts still believe that not enough is being done.Download our guide
from Q3 2015 report