High Tenant Demand Increases Investors' Confidence in the UK Buy-to-Let Market
Published by Magnate Assets on
Jul 5, 2023
In an intriguing turn of events, confidence in the buy-to-let market is on the rise, even as the broader housing market experiences a cooling trend across the UK. According to the latest Landbay landlord survey, more than 41% of buy-to-let landlords are planning to expand their property portfolios in the coming 12 months.
The survey revealed that 35% of respondents cited the increasing number of tenants as the primary motivation behind their decision to purchase additional properties. This figure marks a significant jump from the 30% recorded in the previous quarter's survey. Additionally, 33% of respondents expressed the belief that a potential drop in house prices was a key factor, down from 54% in the previous survey. This suggests that house prices may not be declining as rapidly as initially anticipated.
The survey also highlighted that landlords with 11-20 properties displayed the strongest intention to expand their portfolios, with an impressive 54% expressing their desire to do so. Notably, 40% of landlords with over 20 properties shared the same sentiment, along with a similar percentage of those who owned two or three properties in their portfolios (44%).
The Landbay quarterly survey delves deep into the attitudes and intentions of existing landlords, shedding light on the key factors they face and their outlook on the future of the buy-to-let market.
Paul Brett, the Managing Director of Intermediaries at Landbay, commented on the findings, stating, "Once again, high tenant demand serves as a significant driving force for landlords considering portfolio expansion. Despite house prices holding up better than anticipated by some landlords, attractive rental yields continue to entice them to explore the sales market."
Brett emphasized that the data challenges the notion of a stagnant buy-to-let market or mass landlord exodus, as some commentators have suggested. Instead, it highlights that landlords are actively seizing the opportunities available to them. He also acknowledged the importance of supporting landlords who may still be undecided, acknowledging external market conditions or concerns stemming from the anti-landlord sentiment prevalent today.
At Magnate Assets, we recognize the resilience of the buy-to-let market and the potential it holds for investors. We stand ready to support and assist landlords in navigating these exciting opportunities. Through constant innovation and an expanding product line, we strive to meet a diverse range of landlord requirements and ensure their success in the dynamic real estate landscape.