The poll confirmed the hardiness of buy to let landlords, with no respondents saying they would be reducing investment in the next year.
Breaking this down regionally, landlords in the South East are the most likely to grow their property portfolios in 2019 (39%), followed by those in Wales (25%) and the Midlands (16%). Interestingly, all respondents shunned the capital entirely, with many believing that market conditions there are not geared toward buy to let landlords, with prices too high and yields too low.
“The UK property market has seen a reduction in high value purchase transactions. This is reflected in the latest data from HMRC, which revealed stamp duty receipts fell by £1bn last year. The results from our fourth quarter property investor survey highlight how higher stamp duty and a lack of affordability has pushed property investors out of London, where more rental properties are vital,” said Gareth Lewis, commercial director, MT Finance.
“While there is continuing uncertainty, particularly over how the Brexit negotiations will unfold, UK property investors remain resilient. The fact that property professionals have revealed they will continue to invest in the UK, despite the uncertainty and numerous challenges, bodes well for the future of the market,” he added.
The results of the poll are certainly proof that, despite challenging times, the UK buy to let market is here to stay. Over half of investors who were polled (51%) said that they felt uncertain about the conditions for landlords in 2019; with a notable amount (28%) even saying that they thought conditions would worsen. The fact that landlords are still looking to expand in the current climate shows huge confidence in the market and optimism for the future.
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