Now could be the time to strike for savvy investors

Kevin Axon, Sales Manager

When Christopher Pincher was appointed housing minister in February, as a part of Boris Johnson’s new-look cabinet, he became the 10th person to hold that position in just 10 years. The country has been deliberating how to tackle the housing crisis unsuccessfully for the best part of 20 years now.

In order to claw back the current deficit in house building that has built up over the last 20 years, we need to be building around 300,000 homes per year. Unfortunately, over the past decade, just over 100,000 houses have been built on average per year. Given the current circumstances and ongoing global battle with COVID-19, I expect those numbers to drop significantly over the next year or two, further exacerbating the situation.

This has a clear knock-on effect for the housing market in a number of ways. The most obvious being that the further constriction of supply will create an upwards pressure on house prices, and this will be more acute in certain areas and for certain types of property. Additionally with the drop-off in supply and the tightening of mortgage liquidity, we will likely also see rises in rental values across many parts of the UK as more people delay buying and choose to remain in the private rental sector instead.

Some landlords may choose to leave the sector altogether owing to the current market instability. This will result in a further reduction in the availability of rental stock, leading to inevitable rent increases and profitability for those landlords that have bought high-yielding investments in the right areas.

With record-low interest rates, volatility in other types of investments such as the stock market, and the clear fundamentals of the housing market remaining unchanged (insufficient housing to meet the current demand with a predicted 5% growth in the population over the coming decade), now could be the time to strike for savvy investors.

As ever, Assetz Property and our expert team can advise you on the most lucrative opportunities to take full advantage of the current market turbulence so that you secure the best possible deals on the right property for stable and secure long-term income, in a ripe and opportune buy-to-let market.

Our knowledgeable team have been here before. For example, successfully guiding investors through previous periods of market uncertainty, such as the 2007-08 global recession.

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