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Four in ten buy-to-let landlords are planning to expand their portfolio this year, according to new research from a UK property investment specialist.

A recent report by Experience Invest shows that 39 per cent of buy-to-let landlords are planning to add to their portfolio this year, compared to 11 per cent who intend to reduce theirs.

The survey of more than 500 buy-to-let landlords also shows that London, Manchester and Liverpool rank as the popular cities for buy-to-let investment in the UK.

In terms of the most popular cities, London (35 per cent) just beat Manchester (33 per cent) to take the top spot.

Liverpool (25 per cent) and Nottingham (15 per cent) came in third and fourth, followed by Bristol and Leeds, at 14 per cent and 13 per cent.

The rest of the top ten consisted of Birmingham and Newcastle (both 12 per cent), Luton (11 per cent), and a four-way tie between Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Sheffield (all 8 per cent).

Houses (67 per cent) were the most popular choice of investment, followed by flats (54 per cent).

Meanwhile, 39 per cent of respondents were keen to invest in new-build residential properties, while 24 per cent were interested in student accommodation properties.

Commercial (34 per cent) and semi-commercial (21 per cent) property were the other leading asset types among UK property investors.

Jerald Solis, business development and acquisitions director at Experience Invest, said: “In light of tighter tax regulations on landlords and on-going Brexit uncertainty, there have been some doom and gloom predictions about the future of the UK property market.

But today’s research shows that, as an investment asset, real estate is still hugely popular, with a significant number of property investors looking to grow their portfolio further in 2019.

“It’s interesting to see that, while London remains the most popular location for property investment, other regions across the UK are very close behind. In particular, the North West has established itself as something of a ‘hotspot’ for buy-to-let investors, with cities like Liverpool and Manchester providing strong rental yields and healthy capital growth.”

Source: Simple Landlords Insurance

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