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

    With scenic views and a quiet way of life compared to similar seaside towns, Eastbourne attracts tourists and tenants looking to escape the hustle and bustle of more urban locales.

    The town is filled with history and culture, making it an interesting place to visit and live. As such, you may want to consider a buy-to-let investment in Eastbourne.

    This East Sussex town may not be the first name that comes to mind when you plan your property investment strategy, but we will look at the property prices and rental yields to see if an Eastbourne home is worth adding to your portfolio.

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      Buy-to-Let Property Prices in Eastbourne

      Property prices are slightly higher in Eastbourne than the national average.

      According to the UK House Price Index from HM Land Registry, Eastbourne’s average property price is £297,860. In contrast, the national average price is £291,044.

      Let’s break down those Eastbourne prices by property type:

      • Detached homes cost £577,529 on average.
      • Semi-detached properties cost £395,432 on average.
      • Terraced houses cost £308,231 on average.
      • Flats cost £205,950 on average.

      Over the last year, Eastbourne property prices fell by -3.90%.

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      Buy-to-Let Rental Market in Eastbourne

      According to home.co.uk, in late 2023, the average rent in Eastbourne was £1,340 PCM. When coupled with the November 2023 HM Land Registry average house price (£298,725), Eastbourne has an average rental yield of 5.38%.

      The average rental price in the UK is £1,276 PCM. As such, Eastbourne properties command a slightly higher rent.

      If you want to rent a room in Eastbourne, you can expect to pay £642 PCM. A flat will cost £1,295 PCM on average, and renting a house will cost £1,736 PCM.

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      Buy-to-Let Investment in Eastbourne: Area Breakdown

      Hampden Park

      Hampden Park is in the northern part of Eastbourne. This residential area has good transport links, such as a dedicated train station. Investors can find good-value properties here and many 20th-century-style and Victorian-style housing.

      Average Property Price in Hampden Park

      The average property price in Hampden Park is £285,479.

      Average Rental Yield in Hampden Park

      The average rental yield in Hampden Park is 4.42%.

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        Old Town

        Old Town is located in the same postcode as Meads and Holywell. It was the original Eastbourne town centre before the area became a resort. It remains a popular location for residents.

        Average Property Price in Old Town

        The average property price in Old Town is £351,321.

        Average Rental Yield in Old Town

        The average rental yield in Old Town is 3.28%

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        Polegate

        Polegate is a town northwest of Eastbourne. The area has all the usual amenities: road access to the wider East Sussex and a train station that runs to Eastbourne, London and Brighton.

        Average Property Price in Polegate

        The average property price in Polegate is £315,681.

        Average Rental Yield in Polegate

        The average rental yield in Polegate is 4.47%

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          Sovereign Harbour

          Sovereign Harbour is found in eastern Eastbourne. It consists of five harbours:

          • Inner Harbour
          • North Harbour
          • South Harbour
          • West Harbour
          • Outer Harbour

          This new-build area was built in the 90s and features shops, residential properties and a large marina. Sovereign Harbour is a popular buy-to-let area and good for holiday lets.

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

          Tourism

          Eastbourne has an important visitor economy, attracting day visitors and holidaymakers. As such, a lot of jobs revolve around the tourism sector. Buy-to-let investors may have some luck with holiday lets during the tourist season.

          Other notable sectors in Eastbourne include:

          • Public services
          • Technology
          • Distribution
          • Creative industry

          Good for Commuters and Retirees

          While Eastbourne is a popular tourist destination, it also attracts people looking to retire. Eastbourne is quieter than nearby places like Brighton. In addition, property prices are considerably lower in Eastbourne than in Brighton, which attracts people who work in Brighton but are happy to commute to work.

          The Eastbourne campus at the University of Brighton also attracts a significant student population.

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            Eastbourne New-Builds

            There has been a marked difference between supply and demand in the housing market in recent years, leading to increased popularity for new-build properties.

            In late 2023, Eastbourne Borough Council unveiled a development consisting of 19 affordable new homes within the town centre.

            Regeneration work like this can boost demand within an area and help rejuvenate overall rental markets.

            New-build properties, however, typically see higher price points than standard residential developments. The upside, though, is that there is often little to no maintenance required by the landlord, meaning that costs are slashed drastically.

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            Off-Plan Property in Eastbourne

            One way to cut down on the costs of a new build is through off-plan property investment.

            As mentioned, despite the significant interest from tenants and landlords, many potential buyers could find the high costs of new-build properties offputting. Off-plan investment involves purchasing a property while it’s still in development, meaning that prices are often below market and can offer safe investments with high returns in the UK.

            The majority of these buildings heavily feature eco-technology – such as solar panels and heat recovery systems. These amenities are rapidly gaining popularity with tenants as sustainability continues to become a priority for many. A highlight of this technology is its effect on energy bills, drastically cutting down on costs for tenants and landlords alike.

            Read More: Learn more about this investment strategy with RWinvest’s latest guides! For example, our recent area guide dives into off-plan property in Basingstoke.

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

              Compared to many other places in East Sussex, Eastbourne offers good-value property prices. However, property investors can find better value if they look further north. For instance, Liverpool has an average property price of £180,268 – £100,000 cheaper than Eastbourne. Liverpool also has a superior average rental yield compared to Eastbourne.

              Eastbourne is considerably less well-connected to other parts of the country than somewhere like Liverpool, which has direct train services to London, Manchester and Birmingham. This affects the town’s appeal to tenants who like to travel.

              While Eastbourne is a tourist-centric town, Liverpool has an even more impressive thriving tourist economy, attracting millions of yearly visitors. As such, buy-to-let investors could enjoy more profits with holiday lets and short-term rentals than they would in Eastbourne.

              Further Reading: Interested in the North West rental market? Take a look at our guides for buy-to-let property in Brighton and buy-to-let property in Bolton!

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                Dale Barham

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

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