Investing In Buy To Let Property

Things to think about before investing in buy to let property

Investing In Buy To Let PropertyInvesting in buy to let property can be a way to diversify your portfolio of investments, provide regular income and potentially be a source of capital growth.

House prices increased by an average of 5.8% in the year to September 2016, meaning that residential property continued to outperform many other types of investment.

However, investing in buy to let property isn’t suited to everyone. There are risks, costs and responsibilities associated with owning a property that is rented out.

If you are considering investing in buy to let property, it is essential that you understand and are comfortable with the following points:

  • access to money – property is not a liquid asset as it takes time to access your money when it is sold
  • house prices – slower growth could mean that you don’t receive the capital growth you anticipated when you sell the property
  • profit is not guaranteed – making a profit is not guaranteed, even if your property increases in value. Property is relatively expensive to buy and sell when you consider stamp duty land tax (SDLT) and professional fees.

Money Management – May 2016

In this month’s money management, we look at:

  • Buying your first home

    Buy to Let

    Landlords and how buy-to-let investors rushed to complete before the April 2016 stamp duty changes took effect.
  • How the national living wage has now become a legal requirement for employers.
  • A number of changes to capital gains tax and entrepreneurs’ relief have been introduced for 2016/17.
  • We also look at the attitudes of senior managers can often be an obstacle to the introduction of flexible working.
  • Stamp duty changes lead to buy-to-let surge.
  • Changes to stamp duty introduced in April 2016 have been linked to changes in the buy-to-let market.

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