Marketplace lending platform LendInvest announced on Friday it has released the latest LendInvest Buy-to-Let Index report with a spotlight on university towns.
Published quarterly, the LendInvest Buy-to-Let Index notably ranks each postcode area around England and Wales based on a combination of four critical metrics: capital value growth, transaction volumes, rental yield and rental price growth.
Key findings for September 2017
- Luton, a convenient commuter town north-west of London, retains top spot
- Colchester climbs the table (#4 to #2), eclipsing near-neighbor Rochester (#4) which sees fall in both rental yield and capital gains
- Manchester moves into the Top 3 on strength of rental yields and capital gains, and Hull climbs 28 places from #33 to #5, signaling further upward mobility in the Northern markets
Ian Boden, Sales Director at LendInvest, stated:
“This quarter’s data supports the strong market sentiment that the impact of price sensitivity in London and the South East isn’t being felt to the same degree elsewhere around the country. Cities such as Hull and Nottingham making significant gains in the Index (up #33 to #5 and #35 to #12 respectively) is encouraging, and points to competitive market conditions in those areas and higher than average levels of activity. Maintaining a balance between the types of tenure in our housing system is more important than ever. We would expect to increasingly see professional BTL investors become cross-country landlords, and diversify their portfolios by looking beyond their local areas to find the best investment opportunities elsewhere around the UK and entering alternative asset classes.”
See the full report below.