Property Investment in UK - Why many investors are struggling

publication date: Sep 14, 2010
author/source: Kate Faulkner, Property Expert and Author of Which? Property Books

Property Investment in UK - Why many investors are struggling

Many property investors are struggling in 2010. There are two reasons for this, finding bargains is becoming increasingly difficult and securing finance is incredibly hard work.

The best time since the credit crunch to secure a bargain on property was Q4 2008. Since interest rates have hit rock bottom, there have been far less distressed sellers, and a lack of property stock in general. As a result, even though buyers have been relatively scarce, so has the number of properties for sale, and although property sales' volumes have fallen through the floor, prices have stabilised. 

Trying to find the money to back your finance deal though is much more difficult than finding a property bargain yourself. Unfortunately lenders who helped cause the credit crunch by a lack of due diligence are now starving the property investment market of funds. For one reason or another mortgage lenders don't treat amateur investors any differently to property investors that have proved themselves for the last 20 or more years.

So if you do want to find a property bargain, start to build or add to your property portfolio profits, it is essential to find out what financial backing you can get for what type of projects before you make any offers. 

READ MORE for a full analysis of the property investment market and statistics.

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