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Is Property Letting Becoming More Beneficial During The Credit Crunch

Aug 11, 2008
Property letting has become a major part of the housing industry and this is because of a number of reasons. Due to property development increasing more and more and rising house prices, many people have turned to renting and lettings as a more practical and cheap option for the short term.

This means that the property letting part of the market has become more competitive recently due to the large influx of people wanting to rent a property rather than buying outright. Many people that are now wanting to buy a property on the market are choosing to enter property development. This is where someone invests in a property which needs some substantial work on it. This can be external, internal or both. This can take some time however and some people invest a lot of money into a property to make sure it's ready to sell/let. But the key area is getting all of the money back that you put into the property.

There is a risk when selling the property that you may not receive all of your money back. This is where the property letting area of the market comes in handy, this is because the investor has a lot more chance of retaining the money put into the property as there is no limit to how many tenants he wishes to have at the house.

Although this may take some time to retain the money there is also the choice of selling the property after you have had several tenants staying at the house. This means you could make extra profit on top of the rent you have received and it is a much more efficient way of claiming back the money you put into the house.

The property letting market may also attract a different type of customer to people that want to buy the house outright. For example a student that has just left university and has student loans and debts to pay off will be wanting to look for a place to rent while they can repay the loans in good time.

Another reason may be that they simply cannot afford the very steep prices of buying a house straight away. This would be an ideal customer to target with your letting property that you have developed. An example of someone that would want to buy a house outright on the other hand is a married couple with two children and who have stable jobs. This family would not be looking to rent a property but to buy one outright to have enough space and no monthly payments.

Property letting doesn't only stick to the UK however, as many people have bought properties abroad and have developed them up to a standard where tenants can be able to stay as accommodation. Typical countries that have been introduced to property development include Croatia and the Czech Republic. This allows British and foreign holiday makers alike to use the accommodation to stay in when visiting these countries either for a holiday or business trip. Due to the exchange rates as well people are choosing these countries due to the fact that houses are much cheaper as the pound is worth a lot of the local currency.

Overall the property letting market is becoming very competitive and many people are turning to this part of the market due to the profit being made from this sector already.
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Property expert Catherine Harvey looks at the way property letting is a more feasible business proposition.
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