Trend 1: Investing in Off-plan Property
The rising interest rates have been financially punishing for buy-to-let property investors, as buy-to-let mortgages already have higher rates than a standard residential mortgage.
Because of this, property investors are doing what they can to avoid buy-to-let mortgages, and off-plan property has provided one alternative financing solution.
Firstly, off-plan properties sell for less than the market price, as they are still in the planning or construction phase, making them more affordable.
Secondly, investing in an off-plan property means investors can use payment plans rather than apply for a buy-to-let mortgage. This means they can pay in affordable chunks and won’t have to cough up the total price of the property until the project is completed.
New builds are generally rising in popularity, as they are more attractive to renters and are usually more energy efficient, future-proofing them from any net zero government measures. But financial flexibility, without needing a mortgage, is driving this trend even more towards off-plan property for the rest of 2023.
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