Buy to Let Property Hotspots – Showcasing Norwich

Buy to Let Property Hotspots – Showcasing Norwich

13:10 PM, 25th June 2012, About 12 years ago 1

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Every Town and City in the UK has its own unique set of dynamics when it comes to property values and rental yields. For example, I know that in Norwich, one the most established areas for letting is known as the Golden Triangle because it’s very close to the University, the Hospital and within easy access of the City Centre. The North of the City is also incredibly popular for lettings due to the number of East European migrants and offshore workers who need easy access to the airport and the industrial estates around it. Prices and yields within just a mile of the airport differ massively though.

As an example I’ve taken a look at the major property portals and searched for three bed properties within a mile of the Norwich Airport postcode. The results are quite astonishing:-

On the market for £325,000 - rental value £900 pcm

On the market for £100,000 - rental value £750










As you can see, one property is more than three times the price but the rental value of the more expensive one is only 20% more. When we convert these numbers into rental yields, the more expensive property returns a gross yield of approximately 3.25% whereas the cheaper property produces a more more attractive yield of 9%. The returns from both are better than you would would get from a bank account at the moment, especially when you add long term capital growth from increasing property values over the longer term. Nevertheless, as an investment property as opposed to something you might buy to live in yourself the returns are very different as you can see. Why would you accept a 3.25% return on your money when 9% is possible?

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11:19 AM, 27th June 2012, About 12 years ago

There are so many factors that affect market and rental value that you cannot just use post code, size and aesthetics. Even from a purely investment perspective there are so many factors that affect rental value, size and accessibility of property (no. of bedrooms being equal), internal and external decor, included furnishings/white goods, flexibility on pets, inclusion of some or all utilities, contract duration, target tenants to name a few.
Each investment opportunity has to be taken on it's individual merits and of course rental value is subjective and negotiable.
I have HMO properties and secure 100% occupancy with no void periods because my rent charges are fair. I see plenty of other nearby properties with higher advertised rents that are not fully occupied.

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