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    Everything You Need to Know About Bootle Buy-to-Let

    If you’ve been keeping up to date with buy-to-let news in recent years, you probably will have heard of this unassuming Merseyside suburb. Bootle has previously been called the best place to buy-to-let in the UK due to affordable property, high demand, and impressive yields.

    But does this pocket of north Liverpool still offer the best return on investment in the rapidly changing UK property market?

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      Buy-to-Let Property Prices in Bootle

      According to Rightmove, the average property price in Bootle over the past year was £145,626. This is substantially cheaper than the UK average as stated by the UK House Price Index of £287,782. In fact, it’s close to half the price, making Bootle one of the most affordable places in England to buy property.

      This figure is similar to last year’s price and 6% up compared to 2021. The UK property market has been sluggish for the past year, so Bootle’s stunted growth in the past twelve months is quite typical of the national trend. Some parts of the country have displayed modest dips in house prices, which Sefton has avoided on average, which is promising for Bootle.

      But is this slowdown in the Bootle property market predicted to continue? Property experts Savills have predicted a return to healthy growth for the UK market from 2026, and the North West in particular is forecast to grow by 20.2% leading to 2028, one of the highest predictions for the country. It’s important to consider these forecasts when investing in real estate in the UK.

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      Buy-to-Let Rental Market in Bootle

      According to housesforsaletorent.co.uk, the average monthly rent in Bootle is £583. This is much more affordable than the UK average rent of £1279 PCM, as per the HomeLet Rental Index.

      The BBC reported last year that rents in Sefton, the borough that Bootle is located in, grew 7.4% in one year.

      Rents have been rising rapidly across the UK due to a supply-demand imbalance, and this is likely to continue moving forward. Demand for private rental properties continues to outstrip supply, pushing up the cost of renting. This imbalance also suggests that buy-to-let investors are likely to have consistent rental income.

      Savills have highlighted buy-to-let in the North West as a top-performing sub-sector in 2024, forecasting 9.2% returns.

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      Buy-to-Let Investment in Bootle: Area Breakdown

      North Liverpool suburbs are in high demand for families and commuters into the city centre, as they offer a cheaper and quieter lifestyle in many cases.

      Areas of Bootle in proximity to train stations like Bootle New Strand and Bootle Oriel Road are especially convenient for commuters. These are located on the waterfront side close to the docks.

      Moving further inland, there are areas such as Orrell and Netherton that are popular with families.

      Bootle is bordered by suburbs such as Kirkdale, Seaforth, and Litherland, as well as Anfield, which is known for being home to Liverpool FC, and Aintree, where the world-famous Grand National takes place.

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      Average Property Prices in Bootle New Strand

      £93,056

      Average Rental Yield in Bootle New Strand

      12.97%

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        Bootle Oriel Road

        Average Property Prices in Bootle Oriel Road

        The average property price in this area is £98,292.

        Average Rental Yield in Bootle Oriel Road

        The average rental yield in this area is 12.29%.

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        Orrell

        Average Property Prices in Orrell

        The average property price in this area is £150,787.

        Average Rental Yield in Orrell

        The average rental yield in this area is 7.99%.

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          Netherton

          Average Property Prices in Netherton

          The average property price in this area is £154,887.

          Average Rental Yield in Netherton

          The average rental yield in this area is 7.77%.

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          Kirkdale

          Average Property Prices in Kirkdale

          The average property price in this area is £116,168.

          Average Rental Yield in Kirkdale

          The average rental yield in this area is 10.40%.

          (Average property prices taken from Rightmove, rental yield estimates calculated with figures from housesforsaletorent.co.uk)

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            What is the Best Area of Bootle to Invest in?

            It’s worth keeping in mind that when researching distinct areas of small towns, the lack of data can make the figures less reliable. But using these findings as a guide, as well as past research on Bootle from various sources, it’s clear to see that Bootle can offer some of the best Liverpool property investments when it comes to rental yields.

            In particular, the area around the train stations, Bootle New Strand and Bootle Oriel Road seem to have very generous yields and high rental demand.

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            Why You Should Consider a Buy-to-Let Investment in Bootle

            Regeneration

            Bootle has seen its fair share of deprivation and dereliction. Some areas of Bootle have been described as some of the most deprived in the UK. In order to address this, Sefton Council are targeting some of the most rundown areas for ambitious regeneration schemes.

            This includes a long-term plan to completely transform the Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle’s town centre and give a boost to the local economy. £20 million of funding has been secured from the government’s Levelling Up scheme to go towards the mega-project. We have added some interesting resources in our FAQ overview area for anyone wishing to learn more about property investment.

            The area also looks set to benefit from the massive regeneration projects taking place along the north Liverpool waterfront, known collectively as Liverpool Waters.

            Location

            Bootle is a popular area for families, and the affordability is a big draw for renters. This includes both the price of property, renting, and the cost of living.

            Liverpool suburbs that are connected to the city centre via the Merseyrail network are popular with commuters. Bootle is home to both the Bootle New Strand and Bootle Oriel Road stations on the Northern Line and Old Roan station on the Liverpool to Ormskirk line. There are also regular bus services into Liverpool City Centre and other parts of Merseyside. Why not catch up on the lastest news regarding resilient buyers seeking property in the UK.

            Apart from convenient access to Liverpool city centre, Bootle also has its own home attractions. As mentioned before, it is close to Anfield Stadium, and Aintree Racecourse, making it a hit with lovers of sport. Everton’s new Bramley-Moore stadium is currently being constructed in nearby Vauxhall. Regular public transport also makes it easy to enjoy Crosby Beach, just a couple of train stops away.

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              Bootle New-Builds

              With the high demand for new homes in Bootle, there have been calls for new-build properties in the area. Sefton Council chose a site in Bootle for some of the borough’s first new-build council housing in 17 years.

              The active regeneration of Bootle has also encouraged some private developers to take on property projects in the area. While there still aren’t as many opportunities to invest in new builds in Bootle as in Liverpool City Centre, as the Liverpool Waters regeneration scheme continues, north Liverpool areas by the waterfront may become property hotspots.

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              Off-Plan Property in Bootle

              Demand for new-build properties is rising, but typically, they are more expensive than second-hand properties.

              Because of this, investors on the lookout for new build investment opportunities should also be exploring options for off-plan investment. This refers to investing in a property during the planning or construction stages. Developers who offer off-plan investments will often provide investors with discounts or options for payment plans.

              Opportunities for off-plan investment in Bootle may increase in the coming years as regeneration makes the area more in demand and the young professional population grows. As it stands now, a wider variety of off-plan options may be available in the Liverpool City Centre as opposed to the suburbs.

               

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                How Does Bootle Compare to Other UK Regions When It Comes to Buy-to-Let?

                Looking at the available data, it seems like Bootle can still offer good value for money and strong returns.

                However, areas closer to the city centre are becoming more attractive for investors as the local council concentrates its regeneration efforts on certain key areas that are likely to rapidly increase in capital value and popularity. While suburbs are popular with families, young professionals are drawn to more central areas, and this is the demographic most likely to rent.

                This includes the Knowledge Quarter, Baltic Triangle, and the North Liverpool waterfront. The property prices in Liverpool are still relatively affordable despite high demand, meaning many investors are turning their attention to these regeneration areas as hotspots for capital growth.  This is great news for Property Investors looking to invest in the region.

                Investors can find cheap property for sale in Liverpool City Centre with high rental yields while still taking advantage of the high demand that this prime location can command.

                More central areas can also offer more diverse buy-to-let opportunities, such as student accommodation and properties appropriate for short letting. Liverpool is home to several higher education institutions such as Liverpool University and Liverpool John Moores University, but student accommodation is mostly concentrated in Liverpool City Centre and parts of South Liverpool like Wavertree and areas around Smithdown Road.

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                  Want to Invest in Bootle in 2024?

                  It’s clear that the Liverpool area is a top choice for property investors when it comes to buy-to-let investment in the UK. Bootle, in particular, can offer investors affordable property and some impressive rental yields.

                  But it’s worth keeping in mind that Bootle is not as popular with young professionals as more central areas, and some parts of Bootle are suffering from deprivation.

                  Liverpool City Centre can also offer investment opportunities for those interested in student accommodation and short letting, which is less viable in Bootle.

                  To learn more about other UK buy-to-let hotspots, take a look at some of our other area guides:

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                  Jessica Ferris

                  Jessica is a property content writer at RWinvest. Keeping a close eye on the UK property market, Jessica helps our readers stay informed and up to date on the latest market news and statistics.

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