Buy to Let - House Prices and Rents

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Being a landlord has long proved profitable. It has tended to be dominated by the wealthy or by large companies owning many properties, but there has always been also the smaller landlord renting out just one or two properties.

Over the long term, rents and house values have tended to increase in line with wages - but with house prices also showing some short-term sensitivity to interest rates because much house buying depends on mortgages and their interest rate costs. So rents and house values have long tended to rise, with some fallbacks, about as below ;
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But wages and interest rates are not the only things that can affect house values and rent levels. There can be times when the number of new households wanting housing grows faster or slower than the number of new houses being built. And while population tends to grow, the land available for housing may not grow as much. So average house prices in the UK in recent years have increased much faster than wages, but nobody knows how much longer that may continue. House prices may also do much better for more popular locations and property types, and badly for those becoming less popular.

Renting out property has always been at least a reasonably good longer-term investment especially because increasing property value is generally not taxed. And if house prices are rising much faster than wages, then owning property can be extra profitable. Of course house prices do sometimes fall for a time, so as a short-term investment property can certainly involve some real risk. If interest rates rise sharply and property values fall at the same time then this can create problems for some property investors that may take some years to come out of. This is why a property investment needs to be for at least 10 to 15 years to give assured profit. In early 2017 interest rates in the UK are low, but they may well start rising before the end of the year. Property prices are high relative to incomes - but it may well be 2018 or later before property prices start falling again. So 2017 is a time to favour longer-term Fixed Rate mortgages over Variable or Tracker mortgages, and both are now often also available cheaply as Flexible or Offset mortgages.

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