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Buy-to-Let Investment Trends to Look Out for in 2024

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    What Could We See in the Buy-to-Let Market in 2024?

    2024 looks to be a more exciting year for property investment, following a subdued 2023 due to high inflation and mortgage rates.

    With Knight Frank expecting property prices to rise by 3% over the year, we expect renewed activity among buyers and sellers.

    But what trends can we expect to see in the buy-to-let property market? What could be the best things to invest in right now?

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      Focus on Sustainability

      Eco investment is set to play a prominent part in many buy-to-let investment strategies over the next 12 months. Whether landlords are upgrading their existing homes with heat pumps, solar panels or new insulation or purchasing new-build properties with good EPC ratings, more investors will be keeping an eye on the wants of tenants and any upcoming Government regulations.

      Initially, all newly rented properties needed a minimum ‘C’ EPC rating by 2025. By 2028, all remaining rented properties would have needed to meet that rating. While those targets were scrapped in the Autumn of 2023, investors will undoubtedly keep them in mind should similar regulations come into place in the future. As such, buy-to-let investors in the market for new properties may switch their attention to new-builds that meet any new EPC requirements.

      New developments are often built with environment-conscious building practices, utilising energy-efficient designs and addressing eco-friendly concerns. This can be seen in the likes of ELEMENT – The Quarter, Liverpool’s first eco-property and the upcoming Gateway development project, which also uses eco-friendly practices to bring New York-style living to the Merseyside area. Why not learn how to make money from real estate property with our guide.

      With more tenants prioritising green properties to save money on energy bills and thinking about the environment, investors may adjust their plans to accommodate those needs.

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      City Centre Apartments May Be Lucrative

      While suburban properties and country homes may be the end goal for many people, city centre apartments could prove to be a more lucrative investment in the next year.

      In a study by Shawbrook Bank, over a quarter of UK, landlords view urban apartments as the most lucrative market due to more people returning to office work and wanting to be close to their jobs.

      Following an extended period of remote and hybrid work, more tenants are likely to look to the city centres in a bid to be closer to any work opportunities, benefitting from a more convenient commute and things to do.

      Further Reading: Have you discovered the perfect investment destination? Utilise the RWinvest buy-to-let income calculator to estimate your potential rental yield and strengthen your property portfolio!

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        Savills predicts that the North West buy-to-let market will see returns of 9.2% throughout 2024.

        This would mean that the region is one of the strongest buy-to-let markets in the UK. Cities like Manchester and Liverpool play a small part in this due to their high desirability to tenants, solid job market, and appealing nightlife. These areas have solid graduate retention rates, resulting in a vast demographic of young professionals who want to stay in the city and take advantage of rental rates that are much more forgiving than further south.

        But even though rents are significantly cheaper than in London, investors can expect solid rental yields in this part of the UK. For instance, Zoopla puts Liverpool rental yields in the top 10 for the country – amassing an average of 7.43%.

        Read More: Check out more information about North West investment with some of our handy guides, including our pages on new-builds in Manchester and buy-to-lets in Liverpool.

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        Dale Barham

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        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.