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A Wise Investment In Property

Apr 4, 2008
For anyone with an investment property, now is not the time to be selling. After enjoying a period of growth, house prices are currently dropping amid concern of a credit crisis. However, those who can afford to hang on to their properties could see their investments serving them well in the future.

Areas of Yorkshire, Humber, London and the Midlands are the only places to have seen small property price growths but this is much reduced from last years figures. There has been a 13 per cent drop on the total amount of house sales in comparison to the previous year, across the country.

Mortgages are becoming increasingly difficult to get hold of. In fact, banks are beginning to turn away borrowers who are not already customers with them and turning down mortgage applications due to apparent lack of funds.

When you can get a mortgage, a good deal is even harder to come by with packages being withdrawn left, right and centre. This leaves many borrowers with no choice other than to take the banks standard rate mortgage, assuming they can get one, that is.

This situation has left many with no chance of getting on the property ladder and bringing about an influx of tenants and landlords. Like I said, for those with an investment property, things are looking up for you.

According to statistics, many more people are renting property than buying. This applies across the board, whether they be single professionals, couples or families. They all need your investment property.

Then, of course, you have the influx of immigrants who all need housing. Of the 200,000 immigrants arriving at our borders every year, all of them will need housing and virtually all of them will be in rented accommodation.

Thousands of homes are repossessed every day of the year and these unfortunate people will be looking for a home to rent. This is where your investment property becomes invaluable.

The UK has the highest proportion of single parents than throughout Europe and many will be looking for rented accommodation. Then we have the divorces where it is highly unlikely that both parties will be able to afford to buy another house. At least one member from each divorce will be looking for someone like you with an investment property.

Of course, it's not all about cashing in on other peoples misery. People have always rented property and it's only in the last fifty years or so that it has become fashionable for the average person to actually have a mortgage. Before that, you had the few landowners and property developers that would hold ownership of many investment properties and would rent these out to the masses.

Many people these days are unsure of where they want to settle. After all, the world is a much smaller and more accessible place these days. Many tenants will take time to travel, taking work experience in different areas and also taking up training and education in various parts of the country.

All these people are looking for someone like you with an investment property they can lease from you, so to give it up because finances are looking a little tight the world over would be ludicrous. These blips in the economy come and go all the time and if you can afford to ride it out, it would be wise.
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Property expert Catherine Harvey looks at whether investment property is a sound place to put your money.
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