Non-Residents & Expats Searching for Low Cost UK Property Continue to Switch Away from London

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High property prices in London coupled with low rental yields are driving overseas buyers towards lower cost investment property with higher rental yields away from the capital. The November 2014 ‘Find UK Property’ survey shows that the percentage of people considering property outside London continues to increase and is more than doubled, compared with a similar survey done by the company over 5 years ago in 2009.

Why not buy in London

Why not buy London Property

Thus, for the price of 'one' house in London, an overseas investor could get 'five' similar properties in the Lancashire area, have double the rental yield of around 8%, potentially greater capital growth, and more future flexibility.

Previous surveys done by Find UK Property have shown London to be the main location sought by overseas investors looking for UK Property. However, their latest surveys in April 2014 and November 2014 shows that this is now changing.

Many residents of other countries see the UK as a “safe haven” when considering long term investment in property. The UK property buying process and selling laws are well regulated and long term title ownership is clear cut. London has been the main desired location in the past due to its familiarity with buyers from most countries, who may visit London and may also have existing links with relatives and contacts in the capital.

Surveys conducted in April and November 2014 by ‘Find UK Property’ on the buying intentions of overseas buyers looking for property in the UK, shows a marked shift from the results of a similar survey conducted in 2009.

In the 2009 survey, only 31 % of clients were considering a property purchase outside London. The comparable figure in the 2014 survey is much higher, almost double, at 61% in April and 65% in November.

London remained attractive throughout the recession and part of the prices increases in the capital may have been fuelled by strong demand from overseas buyers. As prices in London soared, rental yields as a percentage of price have fallen, and in many areas are around just 3%. On the other hand, prices of low cost property in other areas such as the North West including the towns in Lancashire have gone down and rental yields increased over this same time period.

In the November Survey, clients who were no longer considering London were asked to specify their main reason for not doing so. The top 3 reasons given are shown here:-
38% - London prices now too high and exceed budget
30% - London rental yield low compared with rest of UK
20% - Future London growth may be less than rest of UK

Andy Noble, Senior Marketing Consultant at Find UK Property explains how this change has had a big positive effect on his own company which specializes in selling low cost investment properties in the North West of England. “Find UK Property helps overseas investors purchase low cost fully managed property in the UK. This trend away from London had recently increased the demand of our low cost 2-bed and 3-bed houses, particularly in the Lancashire area. These 2-bed houses at £54,995 are much lower cost and come with 8% rental yield which is more than double the rental yields of properties in London.”

He added: “The same 2-bed house on the outskirts of London could cost over £275,000 and deliver around 3% rental yield. Thus, for the price of 'one' house in London, an overseas investor could get 'five' similar properties in the Lancashire area, have double the rental yield of around 8%, potentially greater capital growth, and more future flexibility in that some properties could be re-sold whilst others retained.”

About “Find UK Property”

Find UK Property are the 'buyers' agent and specialize in helping serious overseas buyers find the most suitable investment property for their needs. The company conduct regular surveys on overseas investors and findings are printed at their “UK Property News” Blog at http://blog.findukproperty.com.

The most popular purchase are the fully managed low cost houses in the price range of £50,000 to £70,000 that come with full management, repair guarantees, and guaranteed rent. Many clients are seasoned investors who may have purchased investment property in other countries via sister companies Openshore Property and Sandcastles based in Dubai. Further details can be found on the Find UK sales website at http://www.findukproperty.com.

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