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What property investors need to consider

With buy to let investment rapidly surpassing traditional stocks and shares in popularity, there are a number of clear advantages to securing capital in bricks and mortar. Despite the more attractive stability of property investment portfolios, there are still a number of aspects that should be taken into consideration before embarking on a transactional spree.

Property investment requires long-term commitment

Unlike stock market involvement, buy to let property investments cannot be liquidated overnight. A self-manager may wish to put a property up for sale, but without experience in the market and access to the prospective audience, it can be time – and cost – consuming to quickly and profitably pass a property on. Instead, it should be considered that established service providers are more able to provide the connections necessary, and the experience of dove-tailing any outstanding lease agreements, to maximise the investment.

Buy to let property management is a 24/7 commitment

Unless co-ordinating midnight maintenance call-outs is an attractive proposition, many property investors choose to out-source their emergency call-out services. Unfortunately, if it is not part of a full-service agreement, this can incur substantial costs – but no-one can afford to ignore a leaking roof in case it is indicative of something more structurally serious. Without an in-place contract determining hourly rates, out of hour’s charges and emergency repair budgets, the margins could be slashed with one visit.