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Far Eastern Landlords Target Britain

London not sole target area for landlords

A report into the breakdown of far eastern landlords buying property out of the traditional areas of London and the South East has raised fears that the cost of buy to let property may be about to rise.

The recent fall in the value of the pound has meant that property in the UK is now substantially cheaper than just a couple of years ago and foreign investors have become attracted to the potential of earnings from buying property, including new-builds, away from the traditional hotspot of London and the South East.

This will undoubtedly have the effect of keeping BTL property prices at current levels, at least, and hence reducing potential earnings of landlords on their property.

Chinese investors are limited in the amount of foreign currency they can spend in a any one year and previously this has restricted affordability of homes in the UK. However the decline in house prices and the relatively cheap mortgage rate has made the option more practicable and profitable.

Although BTL mortgages only represent about a seventh of total mortgage lending, there is a perception in the UK that landlords are profiteering and preventing young indigenous population from getting on the property ladder. It is unlikely that this state of affairs will change with an ever-increasing population forcing up demand and prices.

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