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

    For many, Bradford is a superstar of the buy-to-let world, boasting low property prices and considerable rental yields.

    Located in the West Yorkshire region of England, Bradford can offer plenty of investment opportunities for those interested in buy-to-let. After being named UK City of Culture for 2025, the city seems set to only grow in prominence.

    So, is Bradford the perfect location for a UK buy-to-let investment?

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      Buy-to-Let Property Prices in Bradford

      According to Rightmove, sold properties in Bradford have had an average price of £186,270 over the last year. This is 5% up on the previous year and 10% up compared to 2020. Bradford property has grown in value over the last few years, but it is still a more affordable city compared to the UK average, which sits at £287,546 (per the UK House Price Index).

      But is this growth projected to continue? Property experts Savills forecast that the property market in Yorkshire and the Humber is set to grow 20.2% over the next few years, leading up to 2028.

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      Buy-to-Let Rental Market in Bradford

      According to housesforsaletorent.co.uk, the average monthly rent in Bradford is £766, which is significantly cheaper than the UK average of £1,243.

      Some of the highest average rental yields in the UK have been identified in certain parts of Bradford, and the average for the whole area sits at around 5%.

      The more affordable cost of living makes the city attractive to renters, and the area has a booming rental market thanks to strong job opportunities and proximity to Leeds for commuters. Bradford also has a young population, and as young people are more likely to rent, this implies the high rental demand is likely to continue going forward.

      The University of Bradford is a relatively small institution, but while Bradford doesn’t boast the largest student population, there is still consistent demand for those looking to invest in student accommodation.

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      Buy-to-Let Investment in Bradford: Area Breakdown

      Bradford’s City Centre is a convenient place to live. It’s popular with students due to its proximity to campus and those commuting, thanks to easy access to transport and amenities. Inner suburbs to the north, such as Manningham and Girlington, are relatively affordable and in demand by families and professionals due to their good access to amenities. Some students also choose to live in these convenient suburban areas rather than the city centre.

      Going further north to the outer suburbs, you can find some of Bradford’s most upmarket districts, with bigger property price tags to match. 

      Suburbs in the East, such as Thornbury, are good for luring renting commuters, as they give better access to Leeds whilst still being convenient for Bradford City Centre.

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        Bradford City Centre (BA1)

        Average Property Prices in Bradford City Centre

        The average property price in this area is £59,783

         Average Rental Yield in Bradford City Centre

        The average rental yield in this area is 11.60%

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        Average Property Prices in Manningham

        The average property price in this area is £105,314

        Average Rental Yield in Manningham

        The average rental yield in this area is 6.69%

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          Saltaire

          Average Property Prices in Saltaire

          The average property price in this area is £199,157

          Average Rental Yield in Saltaire

          The average rental yield in this area is 4.24%

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          Thornbury

          Average Property Prices in Thornbury

          The average property price in this area is £107,856

          Average Rental Yield in Thornbury

          The average property price in this area is 8.54%

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            Average Property Prices in Holme Top

            The average property price in this area is £104,142

            Average Rental Yield in Holme Top

            The average property price in this area is 6.68%

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

            What is the Best Area of Bradford to Invest in?

            Bradford’s reputation as a high-yield property hotspot could provide a compelling opportunity for those looking to make a return on investment.

            Generally,  investing in real estate closer to the city centre and inner suburbs is cheaper than the outer suburbs, which are typically much pricier. Gross rental yields in the city centre, covering the BA1 postcode, are, on average, some of the best in the UK.

            The outer northern suburbs are upmarket and in demand, but due to the heftier property prices, the yields are disappointing compared to the inner-city areas.

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

              Quicker Returns on Investment

              As mentioned, Bradford has some of the UK’s lowest property prices and most impressive rental yields. This means that compared to other cities with less lucrative rental yields, investors who choose Bradford could start seeing a return on investment much more quickly.

              Bradford has previously been called the youngest city in Europe thanks to its sizable young population, and the local government are also predicting a growth in population to follow their significant investment. There should be a sustained demand for property, making it easier to find tenants for a buy-to-let property.

              Regeneration

              Bradford is set to benefit from the wide-scale regeneration projects that are currently ongoing, including an ambitious City Centre Masterplan. The central area has already benefited from previous projects in recent years, resulting in attractions like Bradford City Park. Further work is expected to commence as the next phase begins this year, continuing the city’s strong levels of ongoing regeneration.

              After being named UK City of Culture, Bradford has secured even more funding and investment.

              This includes £10 million from the UK government, £5 million of lottery funding from Arts Council England, and £4.95 million from the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

              Plans for regeneration are usually good news for property investors who can invest while a property is more affordable and then benefit from increased rental demand and income, as well as faster capital appreciation, once the area is revamped.

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              Bradford New Builds

              The UK is currently experiencing an undersupply of available rental properties, and demand for new build properties to help fill this gap is growing. When it comes to Bradford, the local council is working on delivering new build homes to the community, as part of regeneration and housing schemes.

              As an up-and-coming investment location, Bradford is also a popular option for new build projects from private developers. This includes houses and apartment buildings, and student accommodation, meaning there are diverse opportunities for investing in Bradford new builds.

              If you’re interested in investing in property in Yorkshire, it may be worth looking at other cities and towns to see what is on offer. This could include searching for York new builds, or big cities like Leeds may have more new build projects currently in the pipeline.

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                Off-Plan Property in Bradford

                As the property investment trend shifts towards new builds, off-plan is growing in popularity as a way to acquire a new build property at a discounted price.

                As mentioned, Bradford is drawing attention from property investors thanks to its high rental yields and potential for strong capital growth. This makes it a sought-after city for off-plan investments, and there are definitely some chances to invest in Bradford property off-plan if desired.

                But it’s also worth taking a look at more established prime investment locations like London, Manchester, and Liverpool to see the full spectrum of opportunities in the off-plan market. Like Bradford, Liverpool is also known for affordable property and high rental yields, and is also characterised by high demand. Liverpool also has diverse investment opportunities, including houses, apartments, student accommodation, and short-lets.

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                  How Does Bradford Compare to Other UK Regions When it Comes to Buy-to-Let?

                  So, is Bradford one of the best buy-to-let areas in the UK?

                  Bradford has proven it can hold its own as a property investment destination with some of the most affordable properties in the UK and impressive rental yields.

                  If regeneration efforts prove successful, Bradford property may appreciate in value significantly, making it a tempting prospect for buy-to-let investors willing to play the long game.

                  But when it comes to capital growth forecasts, Yorkshire is comparable with the other northern regions, so more established cities, such as Manchester, could be more attractive to investors hoping to make big returns without wanting to take a risk on a more up-and-coming location.

                  When it comes to student property investment, those who invest in Bradford are likely to see consistent demand. However, buy-to-let properties in Manchester and Liverpool boast larger student populations and higher rental yields for student housing landlords.

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                    Want to Invest in Bradford in 2023?

                    Bradford has some undeniable star power when it comes to property investment.

                    Especially when it comes to buy-to-let, the city’s comparatively lower property prices and high rental yields make for a compelling combination.

                    Despite this, many property investors opt for more major cities as they are considered safer investments. Other northern cities such as Liverpool and Manchester can offer cheaper-than-average property prices and high rental yields, with more guaranteed capital growth and rental demand, provided the area is carefully selected.

                    Choosing the most suitable place for a buy-to-let venture can be a minefield, with so many factors to take into consideration.

                    For this reason, RWinvest has created a library of useful guides and articles to help you navigate every stage of your investment.

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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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