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With an abundance of information online, it is hugely challenging for new investors to know where to begin.

This article will take you through how to get your first step into the world of property investment and exactly how to invest your £50,000 lump sum.

Why £50,000?

Considering an extensive data set, £50,000 appears to be the average amount an investor has upon beginning their property journey.

£50,000 is a large enough sum to allow a new landlord to start a lucrative investment journey.

Although individuals can certainly break into the property market with less, this balance will afford the luxury of a property with a high rental yield and strong capital growth.

Why Property?

Investors must consider other investment options before delving into the world of property.

For example, a lump sum of £50,000 could be placed into stocks or cryptocurrency. However, there are many reasons why we believe property reigns supreme over these alternatives.

Firstly, the property can be leveraged using a mortgage. Meaning, to purchase a £100,000 investment property, an individual would only actually need £25,000. The remaining balance comes from a mortgage loan.

Whilst mortgages undoubtedly attract their own distinct risks, they allow for much more substantial investments, which would not be possible in other sectors.

Secondly, property is reliable. Like any asset, there are fluctuations when the data is considered on a granular scale. However, statistics show a gradual, consistent upward trend. Land is finite, so as space becomes more limited, the price progressively increases.

Additionally, there is comprehensive, robust data and analytics surrounding property. The information is transparent and accessible, meaning every investor can make accurate and well-researched predictions about their investment potential.

Thirdly, property provides multiple opportunities, making it a diverse option for the fluctuating UK economy. The most common choice is the buy-to-let mortgage, where an investor will purchase a home to let to tenants, providing a regular monthly income.

Alternatively, an investor may choose to sell the home, generating a lump sum payment. There are many other options for property, including investing in commercial property or short-term holiday lets.

Choose Off-Plan Property

A city centre, off-plan property is the best place for any investor to begin.

An off-plan home is one that is purchased before it is built. Developers are willing to offer discounted rates for these purchases, as they offer an immense amount of security.

Aside from a reduced cost, opting for an off-plan home gives the investor an element of choice. Dealing with the developer at this early stage will allow investors to choose the most lucrative apartment. This might be because it is south facing, has a particularly large balcony, or comes complete with a parking space.

These added features allow landlords to charge a premium with regards to both rent and resale cost.

The Perfect Location

With a limited pot of money, choosing the right location is essential.

Liverpool or Manchester would provide the ideal option, allowing an investor to purchase a home of around £150,000 comfortably. This figure will afford any landlord a centrally located apartment with tremendous rental potential.

Choosing a city undergoing regeneration is crucial, as it shows the area is on an upwards trajectory. Therefore, the resale value will continue to increase, along with the demand for high-quality rental properties.

Capital Growth V Rental Yield

Rental yield refers to the profit made from a rental property over a year. It is presented in a percentage format, and carefully balances the value paid for the home against the yearly sum it generates. Many investors aim for a yield between 5% – 8%. Notably, rental yields are substantially lower in London, due to the astronomical cost of housing.

Conversely, capital growth refers to the increase in property value through the period of ownership. Investors will closely follow these trends to allow them to understand whether it is an appropriate time to sell.

Earlier in this article, the cities of Manchester and Liverpool were recommended. Investors could choose a cheaper city such as Bradford or Hull, where they may even be able to secure two properties with an initial investment of £50,000.

It may even be the case that the yields are higher in these cities due to the lower cost of housing. However, capital growth will be limited, and therefore growing equity in the homes will be extremely slow.

Building equity allows investors to withdraw money from the home, purchase more property, and diversify their assets. So, investing in properties and areas with strong capital growth is the only way to build a strong portfolio.

A Worked Example

It is essential to consider how the £50,000 investment will realistically look.

Track Capital can confidently secure a discount of more than 10% on off-plan properties purchased directly from an investor. For the purposes of this explanation, a conservative estimate of a 10% discount will be used.

Consider a city centre apartment valued at £150,000, which is more than reasonable for a city such as Manchester or Liverpool. Track Capital would be able to secure this home for £135,000.

A 30% deposit for the home (again, conservative), amounts to £40,500. This leaves you with £9,500 to cover legal costs, stamp duty and any decoration or furniture package you would like to include in the property.

Next, it is essential to look at the capital growth of the home. Consider that it takes 1 year from the home’s purchase to completion, then you rent the property out to tenants for another 2 years.

Savills have predicted a 27.3% capital growth in Liverpool for the next five years. Again, using a more moderate estimate, we will consider the annual increase to be 4%. Meaning, over the 3 years, the home will increase 12% in value.

Therefore, the property is now worth £168,000.

So, the home you purchased for £135,000 is now worth £168,000, meaning you now have £33,000 worth of equity in the property.

Additionally, two years of rental income will be generated in passive income during this period.

Building a Robust Portfolio

Most landlords choose a buy-to-let property to begin their investment journey. The steady monthly rental provides them with an additional income, whilst the property appreciates in value in the background.

Once they have gained enough equity in the home, they can then withdraw and inject it into a new property, growing their portfolio with relatively little work.

Considering the above example, the £33,000 equity could be withdrawn and used for a deposit on a smaller home. We work closely with investors to ensure they choose a second investment home that complements their first, cleverly diversifying their portfolio.

Reasons to Work With An Investment Company

Firstly, investment companies have access to properties that the general public does not.

Most off-plan homes are not marketed through websites such as Rightmove or Zoopla. Instead, developers choose to advertise the homes to investment companies only, who they can rely on to provide high quality, reliable landlords. Investment companies work hard to cultivate these relationships, with each party providing a service the other requires.

Therefore, by working with an investment company, you will access the latest off-plan homes that you would not otherwise have even been aware of.

Secondly, investment companies have strong negotiation power. Due to the stream of regular buyers they introduce, developers are often willing to provide the homes at heavily discounted prices. Without the backing of an investment company, individuals will struggle to achieve the same discounts.

As well as these heavily discounted prices, investment companies can negotiate bonuses such as a stamp duty contributions and furniture packages.

Finally, the expertise in both property and locations are priceless. Especially for investors who do not live in the same city or country, working with a dedicated team will ensure you invest your capital wisely.

£50,000 Investment Recap

  • £50,000 is a great starting point for investors, allowing them to purchase a centrally located apartment attractive to renters.
  • An off-plan property in a city undergoing regeneration is the wisest investment.
  • Although rental yield is significant, capital growth will allow for the fastest portfolio growth.

Working with a property investment company will allow for discounted rates and access to properties not advertised online.

For more advice, contact Track Capital at [email protected].

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