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Are New Build Flats Good Investments? Lawrenson of Letting Focus Takes a Look

If you are thinking of buying a new build flat, be careful because it’s now clear that increasing numbers of properties bought off-plan as buy-to-let investments are being sold at large losses through auction.
Auction houses are reporting a steep rise in the number of new builds going under the hammer.
Many of these are flats bought off-plan two or three years ago with rental guarantees.
They were often bought on fixed-rate mortgages which came to an end at the same time as the rental guarantees finished, leaving landlords stuck on much higher borrowing costs, buy wth lower rental income and possibly no tenant.
It gives me no pleasure to say I have been predicting this for 5 years.
The situation is, of course, especially grim for flats where investors have bought in a block of hundreds of other investors who are in the same situation.

New Build Prices Going Down
New build prices have also gone down each month for the last three months, according to SmartNewHomes, while UCB Homeloans, part of Nationwide is one of the main lenders who has stopped lending to landlords buying new apartments. It's not the only lender to have stopped either.
Knight Frank research show that yields are now at their lowest levels on new build flats.
Chris Town of the Residential Landlords Association is quoted in “The Times” telling of one landlord in Leeds who has recently been forced to reduce his monthly rent from £1200 to £800. My message is to avoid areas where there is an oversupply or can be expected to be an oversupply of the same kind of property in the future- and where there are too many landlords chasing a small pool of tenants. This is the situation in many cities in the north and the midlands of England right now. And it will remain so for some time.

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