Latest research shows 9 out of 10 landlords anticipate property values to rise

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By Landlord Expert July 27, 2010 15:27

According research conducted by the Young Group, 87% of residential landlords in the London area anticipate the values of their properties to continue increasing or—at the very least—remain at current levels during the latter half of the year. This represents a 10% increase in confidence levels among landlords over figures published during the second quarter. But this optimism is not mirrored in parts of the UK, with 30% of landlords outside the capital expecting values to actually fall somewhat over the course of the next 12 months or, at best, remain at current levels. Yet even these figures show clear signs of improvement, as only 49% believed in property price increases near the beginning of the year.

Analysts suggest that residential property prices in the London area will increase by approximately 2.5% over the course of the next year, while real estate in other parts of the UK will likely see a very modest 0.2% rise in value. While this increase is minimal, it is still a marked improvement over much gloomier predictions published early in the year, when the housing market faced a decline in prices of around one percent.

The Young report indicates that Britain’s residential landlords are still in the buy-to-let business for the long-haul, with 95% of buy-to-let investors indicating that they planned to stay in the sector and would hold on to their properties for at least the next 12 months. Just over half of all landlords (55%) anticipated keeping their real estate for the next decade.

Landlord Expert
By Landlord Expert July 27, 2010 15:27

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