It is extremely important for buy-to-let investors to keep up to date with an ever-changing market. The Knight Knox Quarterly Report compiles market trends, tracks average price rises and provides information on key buy-to-let hotspots.
Q1 2019 was a strong beginning to the year with the property market defying predictions that it might struggle once again. The annual growth in rents should encourage investors, as should the impressive house price growth across the country – particularly in cities which all saw house price growth for the first time in more than three years.
The positive sentiment underlying the growth of the market was demonstrated by reports in Property Wire which show most landlords are planning to increase the size of their buy-to-let portfolios in 2019. A full 39% of landlords are looking to invest again, with 35% intending on neither buying nor selling and only 11% looking to actively sell properties.
Of those landlords who are going to buy more properties, houses were at the top of the list with 67% stating that was their preferred option. Following closely behind were flats, which appeal to 54% of landlords looking to expand. When considering type of property, the most popular options were new build residential and student accommodation, which were chosen by 39% and 24% of landlords respectively.
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