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UK’s Best Areas for Property Investment 2018

Where To Invest In UK Property 2018?

Following an eventful year of buy-to-let tax changes, more rigorous mortgage lender checks coming into force and a surprise interest rate rise, it’s more important than ever to have the inside track when it comes to assessing the potential profitability of UK property investments.

For investors who are prepared to cast the net beyond their local area for their next purchase, Britain continues to offer myriad opportunities to unlock strong returns and London has long been viewed as the prize location. But, some investors are turning their attentions away from the capital in search of higher yields but where are they setting their sights for potential growth? Where are the UK’s best investment hotspots in 2018? We look at the data trends for the UK’s best cities and towns for property investment in 2018.

Edinburgh +7.7% Last 12 Months*

Edinburgh’s property market has thrived over the past 12 months. Demand for homes in the Scottish Capital has continued to grow, outperforming the likes of London and most other UK regional cities. In fact, on average it’s reported that it takes just 16 days for a property to sell in Edinburgh. With its unique character, increasing business links and its proximity to the countryside the city’s appeal as a great place to live and work continues to grow and in 2017 it was ranked as the fourth most prosperous city in the UK.

Birmingham +7.3% Last 12 Months*

The second city goes from strength to strength and has won a string of impressive accolades of late, not least being chosen as the UK’s preferred city to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Add to that, big ticket employers HSBC and HMRC bringing major operations to the city, excellent connectivity, educational establishments and a wealth of high quality property inventory across the city centre and the suburbs beyond, and you have a hugely compelling buying proposition that’s captivating investors across the globe. Indeed, Birmingham was recently named as the most rapidly improving location in the UK in which to live and work.

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Manchester +6.7% Last 12 Months*

Mirroring the position of Liverpool with four universities and a student population of some 1000,000, the Manchester rental market is one of the strongest around right now. The jewel in the crown of the government’s Northern Powerhouse investment programme, the city is set to receive further significant infrastructure investments to bolster its already strong credentials as a great place to live and work. A growing city where new developments are always in big demand; Manchester consistently appears in the top ten places for rental growth in the UK and this looks set to continue in 2018.

Liverpool +6.2% Last 12 Months*

Known throughout the world for its trading legacy, football clubs and the small matter of the Beatles, Liverpool is an especially popular destination for students, hosting 70,000 across a variety of higher education facilities. The city has seen a number of big-ticket investment schemes in recent years, with improvements made to many residential housing estates and the stunning regeneration of the vibrant Albert Docks area. Little wonder then that this former European capital of culture was recently cited as offering some of the UK’s strongest potential buy-to-let investment yields.

Slough

This Berkshire town couldn’t be better located for quick access to the capital and with the new £14.8 billion Crossrail route set to come on line in 2019, which will make the very heart of London even more accessible, the town is attracting huge interest from UK and overseas investors alike.

Slough already has a hugely buoyant local economy, playing host to the highest concentration of global corporate headquarters outside London, including O2 Telefonica, Amazon and Mars and it is currently enjoying substantial investment through the £450m Heart of Slough regeneration programme, which is firmly on track to create 5000 new jobs by 2022. As such, it is experiencing unprecedented tenant demand, offering an ideal and particularly affordable location to live and work when compared with London prices.

Our latest development in Slough – Iron House, has projected 20% capital growth during the build process.

Luton

Crowned one of the best places for buy to let investment in the UK last year in a survey by property finance company, Landinvest, Luton is a key commuter town for the capital, boasting well priced property, excellent transport links and a highly diverse community that’s particularly attractive to international buyers. What’s more, the town council recently announced an ambitious £1.5 billion investment plan, including a variety of mixed use developments that is set to create 18,500 new jobs.

*Figures from Hometrack Jan 18

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