Below are some useful resources for landlords that are looking to invest in buy-to-let properties. If you have any queries, or would like some more advice on buy-to-let, contact your local branch.
Our Investor Insights infographics which explore popular areas and why they are desirable to investors. They also look into the potential rental yield you could receive for properties in the area, as well as return on investment.
Investor Insight: Manchester
Manchester is one of the UK’s most exciting, cultural and forward-thinking cities, attracting people of all ages, backgrounds and interests. Renowned as a creative hub in which music, sport and theatre thrive, there is also a strong economic case to be made for the ‘capital of the north’. Manchester is home to numerous international businesses and offers lucrative careers to both graduates and professionals.
Investor Insight: St Albans
St Albans is a charming and historic cathedral city, with its famous Roman remains and magnificent medieval architecture at the centre of a modern and vibrant settlement. Sitting just 18 miles or so from London, St Albans is extremely popular both with those who work in the capital and others who have moved outside the M25 to get more property for their money.
Investor Insight: Brighton & Hove
The Regency seaside city of Brighton and Hove is best known for its iconic Royal Pavilion, twin piers and vibrant cultural scene. A more hidden gem is offered in the shape of its thriving property market, which provides a golden opportunity for landlords to achieve a great return on an investment. With so much to attract people to the area, it is no surprise to find tenant demand is soaring right now.
Investor Insight: Portsmouth
Portsmouth is a popular choice for students and young families, with property at fierce demand. The city is perhaps best known as the home of the Royal Navy with a fantastic historic dockyard. It is also the country's only island city and with relatively low house prices for a south coast location, landlords can achieve a high yield from their investment.
Investor Insight: Leamington Spa
Leamington Spa is one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, with a booming job market and student population. You can expect an excellent return on investment on your buy to let properties in this area, with tenants choosing to live here due to the town's proximity to the M40, as well as the appeal of the area's architecture, history and culture.
Investor Insight: Norwich
Norwich has quickly emerged as one of the UK's most cosmopolitan cities, with people from all over the country moving to the area. Norwich is a particularly popular choice for students given the central location of the University of East Anglia. Investments in this area are very affordable, allowing for great capital growth over time.
Investor Insight: Derby
Derby is a world-famous engineering centre, which has brought jobs and skilled workers to Derby for decades.Demand for all types of property is up and prices are rising, although the market still offers some of the best value to be found anywhere in the country
Investor Insight: Wokingham
Located in west Surrey, Woking offers a vibrant and modern town centre and easy access to London. High tenant demand and rising rental prices provide ample confidence to investors and confirm Woking’s status as a buy-to-let hotspot.
Investor Insight: Colchester
Colchester is considered to be the cultural capital of Essex and it offers a cosmopolitan and energetic lifestyle to all types of people. It is one of the fastest-growing towns in the UK and such strong demand to live in the area makes it an ideal investment hotspot.
Investor Insight: Cheltenham
Positioned at the edge of the stunning Cotswolds, Cheltenham is a Regency spa town packed with culture and surrounded by beauty. The variety of attractions and recent housing developments have created a new generation of visitors and residents, helping to make Cheltenham one of the most popular places to live in the south-west.
Investor Insight: Crawley
Crawley is an ambitious town that is developing at a rapid pace. The town’s proximity to Gatwick Airport brings thousands of jobs and dozens of large companies to the local economy, while a direct rail link to central London makes Crawley a commuter hotspot. Investors can feel confident that demand will remain high for all types of properties.
Investor Insight: Stoke
Stoke, located in the West Midlands approximately halfway between Birmingham and Manchester, is a city with tremendous history and culture. It is one of the most affordable cities in which to buy property, so is understandably popular with investors who are able to add to their portfolios for a relatively small outlay. Tenant demand is similarly high with many people drawn to the area to study or to work.
Investor Insight: Eastbourne
Eastbourne is located about 20 miles east of Brighton and Hove in the county of East Sussex. The town offers a direct rail service to London, a relaxed and community-driven atmosphere and more affordable properties than many other destinations in the south-east, which has helped to ensure it remains in high demand among tenants. It has enjoyed a period of regeneration and more projects are planned, making it a great time to invest in Eastbourne.
Investor Insight: Southampton
As one of the UK’s most luxurious and sought-after marinas, Ocean Village is in exceptionally high demand among tenants. Many of its magnificent apartments boast private moorings and balconies that look out across the water. Ocean Village is just a stone’s throw from the city centre. With such high demand, properties in Ocean Village are inevitably let quickly and at great rents, helping landlords to achieve excellent yields.
Investor Insight: Croydon
Croydon is currently undergoing a major regeneration at a cost of £1 billion and this is expected to act as a catalyst for further developments across the area. Croydon remains the only London borough to boast its own tram system as well as Thameslink, Southern and London Overground train services and easy access to the M25. All of this adds up to make Croydon one of the most highly sought-after locations among tenants, ensuring it is extremely attractive to investors.
Investor Insight: Nottingham
Nottingham is the UK’s ninth largest city and a hub of culture, history, jobs and entertainment. It offers a wide range of properties at reasonable prices, making it a hit with people of all ages and backgrounds.With so much drawing tenants to the city, Nottingham is unsurprisingly a rewarding investment option for buy-to-let landlords. Those who choose to invest will benefit from incredibly high tenant demand, minimal voids and excellent returns.
Investor Insight: Worthing
Worthing combines all the charm of a traditional seaside resort with modern style and contemporary design. With properties still available at reasonable prices across Worthing and tenant demand consistently rising in recent years, it is the perfect place to invest. The town appeals to all types of tenants, from families seeking larger homes to commuters looking for apartments close to the station, which offers direct services to London.
Investor Insight: Bedford
The historic town of Bedford offers a variety of benefits to people who choose to live there, including a good supply of quality housing, a vibrant, cosmopolitan community and excellent commuting links to London. As such, it is a hit with investors of all backgrounds, as whether you are looking for a huge rental return or substantial capital growth the town will deliver the desired results.
Investor Insight: Bournemouth
Bournemouth is one of the most desirable places to live in the UK, which also makes it a fantastic location in which to invest. An idyllic coastal setting, good access to the rest of the south coast and a thriving, modern town centre all ensure it is in high demand among people looking for a new home. Investors can take advantage of reasonable asking prices, rising rents and the aforementioned level of demand to enjoy an excellent return on their investment.