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

    When it comes to UK seaside resorts, many places come to mind, but you may not have considered Southport.

    This underrated Merseyside town is the eleventh most populous settlement in the North West of England and has several appealing factors that make it an attractive place to live.

    For investors considering buy-to-let property investment in the UK, the town could be a hidden beachside gem. But how does the Southport buy-to-let investment scene stack up compared to other areas?

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      Buy-to-Let Property Prices in Southport

      According to Rightmove, the average price of a property in Southport over the past year was £237,403. This is cheaper than the overall UK average of £287,782, as stated by the UK House Price Index.

      Rightmove states that house prices in Southport are 1% down on the previous year and 4% up when compared to 2021.

      In the past year, the UK housing market has been subdued overall, making the modest dip in prices in Southport fairly standard for the whole country.

      But does this sluggishness look set to continue?

      According to Savills’ residential forecast, nationwide price growth is set to return from 2025, with a return to healthy growth predicted from 2026 onwards. The outlook for the North West, in particular, is sunny, with a forecast of 20.2% leading up to 2028, which is positive news for Southport. When buying buy-to-let property, it’s important to stay informed about the latest property market forecasts.

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      Buy-to-Let Rental Market in Southport

      According to housesforsaletorent.co.uk, the average monthly rent in Southport is £780. This makes Southport substantially more affordable than the UK average rent of £1,279, as stated by the HomeLet Rental Index.

      If we take this figure and the average sold price from Rightmove, we can calculate an average rental yield for Southport of 3.94%. This can be considered quite a low yield as most investors will probably aim for 5% and above. While Southport property is lower than the UK average, it is still more expensive than Liverpool property, for example, which is known as a promising city for high yields.

      Southport is located in the metropolitan borough of Sefton, which last year was reported by the BBC to have experienced rental growth of 7.4% in a year. This is quite typical of the UK rental market at the moment, which is characterised by a chronic supply-demand imbalance which is pushing up rent at a rapid rate. This doesn’t look set to change any time soon as there seems to be no official government plans or policies to address the ongoing undersupply of rental properties.

      For investors looking to get into student accommodation, Southport is not the best option to consider. It’s generally considered too far away from surrounding universities, such as Edge Hill in Ormskirk and the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, for any students to consider privately renting there. We have student accommodation for sale in our designated student section of our website.

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      Buy-to-Let Investment in Southport: Area Breakdown

      Southport is considered a comfortable area to reside within a convenient distance of Liverpool, the nearest major city.

      For those who want to be closer to Liverpool, areas of Sefton located to Southport’s south, such as Formby, Ainsdale, and Birkdale, are the best bet due to the closer proximity and good public transport links. These upmarket areas are also known for beaches, nature reserves, and golf courses. But this does come with a bigger price tag, especially when it comes to Formby.

      However, suburbs to the north of Southport, Churchtown, for example, are less expensive on average. There are also other settlements further north, such as Banks and Tarleton, which are technically part of West Lancashire.

      Formby

      Average Property Prices in Formby

      The average property price in this area is £363,204.

      Average Rental Yield in Formby

      The average rental yield in this area is 2.87%.

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        Birkdale

        Average Property Prices in Birkdale

        The average property price in this area is £257,932.

        Average Rental Yield in Birkdale

        The average rental yield in this area is 3.56%

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        Churchtown

        Average Property Prices in Churchtown

        The average property price in this area is £229,632.

        Average Rental Yield in Churchtown

        The average rental yield in this area is 4.47%.

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          Banks

          Average Property Prices in Banks

          The average property price in this area is £205,814.

          Average Rental Yield in Banks

          The average rental yield in this area is 4.74%.

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          Tarleton

          Average Property Prices in Tarleton

          The average property price in this area is £338,197.

          Average Rental Yield in Tarleton

          The average rental yield in this area is 3.21%.

          (Average property prices were taken from Rightmove in late 2023/early 2024, and rental yield estimates were calculated with figures from housesforsaletorent.co.uk in late 2023/early 2024)

          What is the Best Area of Southport to Invest in?

          The best value properties can be found north of Southport town centre in areas like Churchtown and Banks. These areas are convenient for driving into central Southport, which could be a selling point for renters, and the rental yields are more promising than those to the south of Southport.

          As mentioned before, suburbs like Formby are popular residential areas with many attractive points, but the property is likely to be too pricey to secure a generous yield.

          For those interested in short letting, location is key, and visitors to the town will want to stay within Southport Town Centre. The most desirable properties will be those close to the waterfront and the main shopping streets.

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

          Holiday Lets

          Southport has a long tradition of tourism, and the sector is the biggest employer in the town. So, this area may interest investors looking for a property appropriate for short letting.

          Short lets and holiday lets are increasingly popular as buy-to-let opportunities in the UK as yields can be much higher than standard residential rental properties, provided the property is in an in-demand location and seasonal pricing is well-researched.

          However, it’s worth noting that most visitors to Southport don’t stay for an extended period as it has an image as a day-trip destination rather than a vacation spot. The local council has put forward ideas for nighttime attractions to encourage more overnight stays.

          Regeneration

          Southport is known as a relatively affluent area, but some of its attractions and historical features have declined in recent years.

          For this reason, the local government has put forward plenty of regeneration plans to revamp Southport.

          Many of the schemes will be targeting the waterfront. Southport Pier has already benefited from extensive restoration, and a new waterside events centre, all-weather visitor attractions and new nighttime attractions are also on the cards.

          There are also various schemes to reinvigorate the town centre. In particular, Lord Street, one of Southport’s main shopping streets, has been targeted for further rejuvenation work.

          Keeping up to date with regeneration plans is one way for investors to gauge which areas will grow in capital value and also help you guess which areas will be in demand in the future, thanks to job creation and attractiveness to residents. For something different why not read about the not Martin Lewis best way to invest 50k guide or our how to invest £100k in property in 2024.

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            Southport New-Builds

            Due to the high demand for newly available homes, Sefton Council selected Southport as one of the sites for the borough’s first new-build council housing in the area in 17 years.

            In terms of private new build developments, suburbs to the south of Southport, such as Formby, are popular areas for new-build houses. However, Southport doesn’t seem to be as popular among developers when it comes to apartment buildings. New build projects in the North West of England are commonly found in major cities such as Liverpool and Manchester.

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            Off-Plan Property in Southport

            Property investment trends are pointing towards new builds in recent years, which is also leading to growing interest in off-plan investment.

            Off-plan investment involves investing in a property while it is still in the planning or construction phase, allowing the investor to acquire it at a lower price.

            As new build properties are more common in major cities, it’s also likely that opportunities for off-plan property investment will be far more numerous in a big city. For this reason, there may not be much scope for off-plan property investment in Southport, and it may be worth looking at nearby cities such as Liverpool.

            Further Reading: Learn more about this investment strategy with our 2024 area guides, covering everything from off-plan property in Chesterfield to the latest UK hotspots!

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

              Southport is considered a quiet and convenient area to live in, giving it a reputation as one of the best retirement places in the UK. But it doesn’t have the same draw as other North West cities for young people, who are more likely to be the primary target for rental properties.

              Cities such as Liverpool are more popular for tenants and offer more opportunities for buy-to-let investment. This includes student accommodation and properties that are in demand for short-letting. In addition to this, the average property price is also lower. For this reason, many investors choose Liverpool to buy an investment property.

              Rental yields are also much higher in major Northern cities like Liverpool and Manchester, making buy-to-let properties for sale in Manchester a popular choice.

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                Want to Invest in Southport in 2024?

                Southport is a popular place to live, but it may not be the best choice for property investment when compared to other areas of the UK.

                Some surrounding areas are in demand, but new developments in Manchester and Liverpool are often more affordable, with certain regions seeing higher rental yields compared to other UK properties.

                To learn more about buy-to-let UK hotspots, you can read more of our property investment area guides here:

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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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