In many parts of Yorkshire and the Humber region, housing market change is being driven by investor, as opposed to consumer, purchases. A number of interesting insights were discovered through a study of the area by BMB Real Estate and the Fox Property Investments. Go to our low-priced, high-yielding Yorkshire opportunity right away and read on for the full story.
More property for your cash and a buoyant rental market
Most investors in the area landlords and the key factor attracting them was not equity growth, but the healthy return on investment that being a landlord in the area offered. Properties can be bought at comparatively low prices and then let out for comparatively high rents. So, you get more property for your cash and there is also a buoyant rental market with high demand. Much of the demand for rental in ‘rural’ areas comes from those who like convenient access to major towns and cities, but who prefer a slower pace of life at home. Many of these are well-educated professionals, often working in well-paid jobs in the cities, who are starting families. For this group, the perceived ‘dangers’ of city life (for their children) has caused a shift in their housing priorities.
New investment from London and the south east
The study also revealed that the majority of landlord investors in the area were based nationally, as opposed to locally. In fact, a number of local lettings agents reported an increasing proportion of landlord investors from
London and the south east.
One agent tells us: “Yes, some of the old (local) landlords are being squeezed out because they can’t compete with the new investors. I can’t say this is a bad thing because the new investors are improving the housing stock in the area.”
The numbers stack up
Another local estate agent adds: “And landlords aren’t that bothered about whether the area has better open spaces or a new wall down the road. They are interested in economics. At the moment the numbers stack up and that’s why they buy into it.” These investment-based housing decisions are having a significant impact in the area’s housing market. Two regional housing experts, who were interviewed during the study, referred to this investment as “speculative.”
Speculative investment the “driving force”
One, an officer at the House Builders’ Federation, comments: “Speculative investors have driven the market and they’ve made profits because demand outstrips supply. Speculative investment has definitely been the driving force behind housing market growth in many areas.”