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Property investment – buying to lease

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The United Kingdom provides investors with the perfect opportunity to make money off of their investments without all of the harsh tax laws seen in most countries. While letting will still require taxes to be paid, if a property is sold, non-residents will not pay capital gain taxes. This allows for a lucrative investment made from both letting and the eventual selling of an estate. Those wanting to buy a property to currently use it for letting will want to fully understand the UK tax laws as well as current markets.

Research the Market

Economic turmoil has provided the perfect time for property investment because prices can only continue to rise. Up-and-coming neighborhoods are prime locations for letting. However, an investor that wants to ensure that their investment is a sound one will walk around the neighborhood, talk to locals and read future plans for a city. This allows a person to judge the viability of growth and will lead to profits being made.

Lesser Deposits

Investing in letting properties allows a person to put a lower deposit down on a property. The minimum will suffice and rental profits can be used to satisfy a mortgage. The goal is to make money during the short-term, but make true profits when the property has been completely paid off.

Letting Agencies

Asking letting agencies in a city what the most popular rental units are will be a great starting place for an overseas buyer. This provides local insight into the market. Furthermore, many rental agents offer property management services that will be ideal for the hands-off owner that simply wants to collect rent every month and do nothing more.

Seek Long-term Leases

Long-term leases provide peace of mind and will be ideal no matter the stipulations put in place. A property may need to be maintained to higher standards before the lease is finalized, but it is well worth the cost for a tenant that may sign a 10-year lease.

Property investment is meant for the long-term. While small profits are made from rental income, larger profits are made from the eventual sale of a property. Ensuring that due-diligence has been done before investing in a property will lower the risks of an investment and provide better investment potential to the buyer.


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