Have you ever considered buying a property as an investment? The property market is not reserved for experts and millionaires – you too could use it to make the most of your hard-earned savings.
A lot of people only buy a house as a family home and find paying off their mortgage before they reach retirement a big financial burden. Sound like you? However, buying a house as an investment (not living in it and instead renting it out) can make you a lot of money. In fact, it’s been shown that property outperforms other investments such as stocks, shares and savings accounts to bring you a nice fat profit in the long-term.
Yet somehow we’re all too cautious about hopping on the property investment train. Why? There are a few common apprehensions, questions and ‘buts’ people have when first looking at property, but there are good answers to all of them. So, before the words ‘finance’, ‘invest’ and ‘mortgage’ turn you off, have a read of the below to get clued in on what property investment can do for you and your piggy bank
But I don’t have the money to invest in property!
It’s a common misconception that you need to have all the cash up front. UK banks may lend up to 70% of the property purchase price for investors, so for a GBP250,000 purchase (the average housing price in the UK according to the BBC) the total capital you need is GBP75,000.
But I don’t want to take out another mortgage!
Before you panic about taking out a second mortgage, remember that the tenants who will be renting at your new property will be paying off the mortgage for you, and that taking out a mortgage to pay for your investment means making more money. We’ll tell you more about how to make a mortgage work for you in our next post.
But isn’t it risky?
As with all investments, there are low-risk and high-risk options. Have a look on the SilverSurfers Finance and Investments section for information and updates on possible markets, and seek out free professional advice for an informed opinion.
But how can I make money from my investment if all my pennies are tied up in the property?
1) The increase in the property’s value over time. A well-chosen property and market will see the value of your investment jump up significantly over the course of five-to-ten years. You can then choose to resell at that higher price, keep it for longer to increase profits further or pass on the investment to your children.
2) The rent your tenants will pay you. This can cover the mortgage and/or provide you with an additional regular income – remember, rents will also increase over time as the area you invest in becomes more popular.
But I don’t want to be a landlord!
You don’t have to be. There are lettings and management agencies that exist to take that responsibility off your hands. They can handle everything, from decorating and tenanting to taxes and reselling-, and you’ll still be able to make a healthy profit. Our preferred lettings and management partner complete specialises in managing properties for investors all over the world and have a major presence in the UK.
See – that wasn’t so painful, was it? As mother used to say, “no more ifs, ands or buts!” When you’re ready to learn more or if you’re already clued up and want some more in-depth market advice, have a read of our previous articles and look out for our future updates, or contact us today.
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