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    Everything You Need to Know About Ellesmere Port Buy-to-Let

    The North West is fast gaining a reputation as one of the best regions in the UK for property investment. In particular, major urban centres such as Liverpool and Manchester are known as buy-to-let hotspots, with property prices below the national average, and high rental yields.

    But as renting in suburban areas gains more popularity, attention has been drawn to the outlying towns and districts surrounding these major cities.

    In this guide, we will be looking at Ellesmere Port to see what this Cheshire area can offer a property investor.

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      Buy-to-Let Property Prices in Ellesmere Port

      According to Rightmove, the average price of a property sold over the last year in Ellesmere Port was £211,452. This is more affordable than the national average, currently £281,913 as per the UK House Price Index (April 2024).

      Ellesmere Port’s average is 2% down on last year and 3% up on the 2021 peak. This subdued growth was observed across the UK last year, with 2023 being characterised as a challenging year for the property market.

      But is this sluggish market set to continue? Savills’ Residential Market Forecast states that the UK market is set to return to healthy growth starting in 2026. In particular, the North West is expected to grow by 20.2% in the run-up to 2028, which is positive news for those looking to invest in Ellesmere Port this year.

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      Buy-to-Let Rental Market in Ellesmere Port

      According to housesforsaletorent.co.uk, the average monthly rent in Ellesmere Port is £854. This is much more affordable than the UK average which is currently £1273 as per the HomeLet Rental Index (April 2024).

      Last year, the BBC reported that rents in Cheshire West and Chester experienced an annual increase of 5.7%. The current biggest factor pushing up rental costs in the UK is the persistent supply-demand imbalance. This looks set to continue into the future, meaning rising rental inflation looks likely for the coming years as well. While 5.7% constitutes a decent yearly increase, it’s worth noting that other locations registered much higher rises. Many council areas with very high rental demand had double-digit percentage increases, such as Salford (16%) and Manchester (13.8%).

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      Investment Properties for Sale in Ellesmere Port

      Housing in Ellesmere Port consists of the usual range of apartments, terraced houses, semi-detached, detached houses, and some cottages. New-builds and older properties can be found in the town, but limited-period properties are on the market. As mentioned, there is limited scope for student accommodation investments in Ellesmere Port, and the same can be said for short-letting opportunities.

      So, what is the most popular property type for buyers in Ellesmere Port?

      Rightmove states that most of the sales in Ellesmere Port during the last year involved semi-detached properties, selling for an average price of £199,466. Terraced properties sold for an average of £152,758, and detached properties went for £332,048.

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        Buy-to-Let Investment in Ellesmere Port: Area Breakdown

        Ellesmere Port in Cheshire is located at the southern end of the Wirral Peninsula. Its suburbs include Overpool to the north west, Westminster and Sutton to the north, Rossmore to the north east, with Whitby and Wolverham to the south.

        Little Sutton

        Average Property Prices in Little Sutton

        The average property price in this area is £255,754.

        Average Rental Yield in Little Sutton

        The average rental yield in this area is 3.86%.

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          Great Sutton

          Average Property Prices in Great Sutton

          The average property price in this area is £212,951.

          Average Rental Yield in Great Sutton

          The average rental yield in this area is 4.61%.

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          Overpool

          Average Property Prices in Overpool

          The average property price in this area is £175,378.

          Average Rental Yield in Overpool

          The average rental yield in this area is 5.20%.

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            Whitby

            Average Property Prices in Whitby

            The average property price in this area is £230,450.

            Average Rental Yield in Whitby

            The average rental yield in this area is 4.03%.

            (Average property prices taken were from Rightmove in April 2024; rental yield estimates were calculated with figures from housesforsaletorent.co.uk in the same period)

             

            What is the Best Area of Ellesmere Port to Invest in?

            Little Sutton is known as one of the most desirable suburbs in Ellesmere Port, and this is reflected in the average property price – the most expensive of these listed areas. These higher property prices have also had a negative effect on the average rental yield which is the lowest of the districts we looked at.

            On the other hand, Overpool located in the north-west of Ellesmere Port had the most affordable average property price and most optimistic rental yield.

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            Why You Should Consider a Buy-to-Let Investment in Ellesmere Port

            Location

            Ellesmere Port has attractive nearby areas, such as Chester and the Wirral, and excellent transport systems linking its residents to Liverpool and North Wales.

            Ellesmere Port is situated near the interchange of the M56 and M53 motorways, with the A41 and the European Route E22 also in this area. The bus station in the town centre is served by frequent buses to Chester, Liverpool, Runcorn, Elton, Helsby, Frodsham, Birkenhead and Neston. There are also services to North Wales and some National Express services.

            Ellesmere Port’s railway station is well-placed for Liverpool as it is located on the Merseyrail network, with services running to Liverpool City Centre via Birkenhead and Chester through Hooton.

            Job Opportunities

            While Ellesmere Port is often characterised as a town without much going on, it is known for its strong local employment opportunities.

            As a port town built on the banks of the Manchester Ship Canal, Ellesmere Port is known for being a strategic location for the logistics sector. Ellesmere Port also has several industries known as good local employers, such as motor vehicle manufacturing and the fuel industry.

            Areas with strong employment opportunities nearby are attractive to buy-to-let investors because it suggests strong demand from professional renters.

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            Ellesmere Port New-Builds

            Demand for new homes has skyrocketed in recent years as an increasing population in the UK has led to an undersupply of housing. This has led to calls for more new-build properties to help fill the gap.

            Cheshire West and Chester Council have announced that they will be bringing forward sites for new housing in Ellesmere Port town centre as part of regeneration efforts.

            Private developers also target the area to construct new housing estates. Investors may find that opportunities in Ellesmere Port are less diverse than in other towns and cities with new-build projects for apartments, student accommodation, short-letting and different investment strategies.

            It may be worth looking at new-builds in Chester or other nearby areas to take advantage of a broader range of new-build investment options.

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              Off-Plan Property in Ellesmere Port

              New-build properties may be popular among investors, but typically, they are more expensive than older properties. For this reason, off-plan property investment has emerged as a strategy for acquiring a new-build property at a lower price.

              As Ellesmere Port is limited when it comes to new-build investment opportunities, it follows that there are not that many off-plan investment options either.

              Off-plan development projects are still mainly concentrated in major urban centres and commuter areas rather than smaller towns, as developers are attracted to cities with high demand and good potential for capital appreciation.

              In the future, smaller towns may have more off-plan options available, but at the moment, they are few and far between. Developers often target prime locations such as the best places to buy property in London.

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

              Ellesmere Port has some advantages when it comes to buy-to-let investment, but overall, other North West towns and cities seem to have more to offer at the current time.

              While Ellesmere Port does have cheaper property compared to the national average, nearby areas such as Liverpool and Manchester also have affordable property, but they boast much more promising rental yields on average. Major urban centres like these have high demand and good potential for capital value appreciation due to ongoing regeneration and growth in these areas.

              For example, Liverpool City Centre has been known as a buy-to-let hotspot in recent years. Compared to surrounding cities and towns, there’s high rental demand and diverse investment opportunities such as student accommodation, luxury apartments, and short-let properties. If you compare average property prices, it’s also more affordable than Ellesmere Port. Unlike Ellesmere Port, there is good potential for student buy-to-let investments in Liverpool due to the University of Liverpool and the several other higher education institutions based in the city.

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                Want to Invest in Ellesmere Port?

                Ellesmere Port has some benefits for property investors, such as lower-than-average house prices. However, other towns and cities outmatch Ellesmere Port on many different fronts.

                Interest is growing in suburban areas with good links to major urban centres, but currently, central areas such as Liverpool and Manchester are still most popular with renters.

                To find out more about the UK property market, take a look at some of our dedicated buy-to-let area guides:

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                Jessica Ferris

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                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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