Buy-to-let still seen as an attractive investment

Buy-to-let still seen as an attractive investment

The buy-to-let sector is still seen as an attractive investment option despite the Government’s crackdown, data from bridging lender Market Financial Solutions has revealed.

The lender surveyed 1,000 investors out of which 37% stated they still see buy-to-let as an attractive investment whilst 27% said they’d put their money elsewhere.

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After a rather rough time, stacked with measures in an attempt to dampen down the sector, the buy-to-let market has recently experienced another hit: the changes made to mortgage tax relief.

Some investors are now looking for new ways of financing as 37% are considering short-term and alternative lending options for the next two years whilst the UK departs from the EU.

However, only 9% of participants said the Brexit negotiations may derail any further investment decisions they had planned.

Paresh Raja, chief executive of MFS, said:

“UK investors have spoken loud and clear, signalling their intent to continuing pursuing investment opportunities during the two-year Brexit negotiations that are now underway.”

“However, this research reveals that they are doing so with a more short-term and open-minded mentality, as investors seek different investment types to secure returns before the true effects of Brexit set in.”

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Although the amount of tax and legislation reforms thrown at the country’s landlords seems extraordinarily huge, the overall interest in buy-to-let investments remains huge. A resilience that’s probably “spurred on by the health of the property market and unrelenting rental demand”, as Raja puts it.

“What’s more, within the coming 24 months of Brexit negotiations, a large number of investors are turning to alternative finance and short-term lending options to enable them to execute a responsive investment strategy in light of the long-term uncertainty surrounding Britain’s political and economic landscape.”

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