This help page has been produced in response to increased interest in property investment among the public generally, and those considering pension options in particular. However, we are not authorised to offer, nor do we give, general investment advice. We would strongly urge you to seek expert advice on the full range of investment options for your assets, including pension funds, from suitably qualified and authorised advisors.
What are the benefits
While property prices have fluctuated between 2008 and 2013, low mortgage rates and the improving economic situation have seen stability return to the property market with indications of gradual growth in prices. Most landlords look primarily at the immediate return on the money they have invested - in other words the monthly rental income; however, in the longer term there is also the prospect of capital growth too. Some sources quote returns on investment of as much as 10% but you should look carefully at the likely rental returns in the locality where you are thinking of buying.
You may not wish to tie up all your funds in a property; or perhaps you are thinking of spreading your purchase across 2 or even 3 properties by borrowing some of the initial outlay. DB Roberts have a team of award winning financial advisors who have access to a wide range of specialist Buy To Let mortgage products at competitive interest rates available through well-known mortgage lenders. It's so much easier for you to choose the most suitable mortgage when you can see what is on offer - and it saves the tedium of visiting endless high street lenders and spending up to 2 hours in each interview. We do not charge for initial advice.
Let us re-assure you that you, your property, your tenant and - very importantly - your money are safe with DB Roberts. We have been in business for 50 years and already manage properties for hundreds of landlords; we are also the market leading estate agents with a network of 8 branches serving Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands.
As Chartered Surveyors, we are regulated by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors which means we are subject to strict controls as to how we handle client's money and are subject to external audit checks. We keep all client money in a separate ring fenced bank account, so it never comes into contact with the funds we use to run the company, we have Client Money Protection, and are members of the Association of Residential Letting Agents and The Property Ombudsman Scheme. We also carry £2 million of Professional Indemnity Insurance.
Growth in buy to let
As long-established specialists in the letting and management of houses, we have noticed a significant and continuing increase in the number of ordinary people investing in residential property. While much of this is driven by the continuing poor rates of return for savers on traditional investments, the recent legislative changes around pensions are also causing clients who have never before thought of themselves as landlords, starting to look at this option.
What are the risks
The lettings market is subject to the laws of supply and demand; good tenants can choose what property they rent and will naturally prefer one in good condition, energy efficient, with modern amenities and in a good location. Properties which do not meet these criteria may be cheaper to buy but could be harder to let, command a lower rent and require more expenditure on repairs, so your net return will be lower. Remember too, that you will have costs such as management fees and you should allow for occasional void period between one tenant leaving and another being found.
There is a lot of law and regulation surrounding rental of homes - to protect both landlord and tenant, and it can seem very complicated. But with an expert guiding hand, the whole process can be dealt with and before you know it, you are a landlord! DB Roberts can help you locate, finance, purchase, let and manage your property portfolio.
And the cost
Of course you want to know that you are receiving the best advice from experienced professionals, have a consistent team of property managers to look after your property and have peace of mind as regards your property, legislative compliance and your money. For which you are prepared to pay a sensible fee (which you can offset against tax). Please take the opportunity to click on the helpful guides which are listed at the side of this page to find out more about how we work. And then come and talk to us - our charges are clear and reasonable; and we are friendly too.
So if you are thinking of becoming a landlord, or you are already one but feel our management service might be what you have been looking for, why not give our lettings team a call - we don't charge for a chat! Contact your local DB Roberts branch today.