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Is in investing in flats a good idea?

Friday 10 August 2018

By Carl Agar

Thinking of buying an investment property? Wondering what type of property to invest in?

Well right now many savvy investors are putting their money back into flats and apartments. So what’s driving this behaviour?

Firstly, an advisory note, there are over 300 housing markets in the UK (in my opinion) and all have their own demands, so before you invest anywhere make sure you understand the needs and demands of the Town or City you are investing in.

A higher and more stable return


Having said that, in terms of flats and apartments there are many reasons to go down this route but one of the main points has to be that you are more likely to make a higher and more stable return on this type of investment.

The millennials market

It’s also worth considering the ‘millennials’ market. They prefer apartments and flats much more than houses - especially in cities on the up such as Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow in particular.

This because this tenant type is choosing to rent and wants the flexibility that renting offers in order to take up opportunities. Traditionally this market flocked to London to chase the dream jobs - but the growth of many large companies outside of London has created the demand in many other cities around the UK. Follow the companies, find the flasts.

Be warned though this market is choosingto rent because they want to not because they need to and often can afford to buy so their standards are high!

Single parent families and diverocees

But it’s not only professionals that are chasing the apartments and flats. It’s also one parent families and divorcees. Recent years have seen tough economic times, and consequently couples that separate do find themselves seeking more affordable accommodation such as a flat or apartment.

Less maintenance

So if we can agree there is a growing demand for flats and apartments lets also consider another big advantage - which has to be the fact that there is less maintenance involved and it is easier and quicker to build your portfolio.

Do It Yourself

My advice is to purchase the right buildings and create your own flats. If you purchase a small commercial office for example it can be converted into two one bed flats relatively cheaply.

By doing this you will save on VAT, increase your equity and very quickly be up and running with two investment properties on one freehold.

This type of investment is seriously worth considering but as always make sure you do your due diligence.

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Carl Agar

Carl Agar

Carl Agar is the managing Director of Big Red House letting agents, founder and Chief Executive of The Home Safe Scheme, has been the Yorkshire representative of the National Landlords Association for the last decade - the UK’s largest landlord association, as well as being a Landlord and Investor.