Residential property in London has attained a reputation as a safe asset class and as far as any investment is a safe bet, London property appears to be the place to invest with values outpacing all other investment types, and it’s not just the case in the more affluent areas of London like Kensington and Chelsea or Mayfair – up and coming boroughs like Lewisham and Tower Hamlets are seeing prices continue to increase too. According to a report by estate agent, Savills, Lewisham is set to see its property prices rise by 20% over the next five years.
But it’s not just Savills that are recommending investing in London property as a sound financial decision. The world’s biggest property agent, CBRE, has produced a report that ranks the UK’s capital city right at the top spot for the most attractive places to invest in property. And, in fact, London was in pole position on the same report last year too. So, with property prices continuing to rise in the capital despite the rest of the UK’s continued economic turmoil, could London make it three years in a row?
Despite property prices hardly being buoyant in other areas of the UK (Craigavon in Northern Ireland has been the hardest hit with property prices having fallen by 18.4% down to an average of £91,530), London prices have remained safe within their own economic environment. property investment opportunities in London are plentiful and can be found all over the capital. The top five places to invest, according to a report by Savills, are the boroughs of Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Camden, and Islington. For some of the best property investment options, visit Galliard Homes.
New research by estate agents, Cluttons, has revealed that the average price of a flat in central London has soared above £1 million for the first time ever. Elsewhere in London, however, it is possible to stay well under this price bracket – and the Land Registry of England and Wales shows that the average price of a flat in London (information sourced between January – March 2013) was £391,496.
A popular place to buy property outside the central London belt – but within easy reach of it – is Greenwich. Here, property owners have the benefit of all the amenities of London on the doorstep but live in an area with more of a village feel. Greenwich park, the Observatory, and the Cutty Sark – along with the Thames, a great selection of pubs, independent shops and the ever-popular market, continue to make Greenwich a popular prospect with buyers. What’s more, with the newly improved tube network, commuting time from Greenwich has been eased considerably.
There are more financial benefits of investing in property in London if you are to consider the property renovation market. Although somewhat saturated with people turning their hands to property makeovers, there are still opportunities in the property market for those prepared to look. First time buyers can climb the property ladder quickly if they’re prepared to turn their hand to property development. London boroughs on the outskirts of the capital are more likely to hold investment opportunities within an affordable price range. Developers, and those with a portfolio of properties, meanwhile, will be able to invest in houses with more attractive postcodes. However, even if it’s just a case of a quick lick of paint, a new kitchen and a new bathroom, thousands of pounds can easily be added to the value of your home in a matter of a few months.