Why 2017 is the time to invest in property abroad

Published on 24 February 2017

Low interest rates, a growing economy and affordable prices on the continent… 2017 seems an ideal year to invest in foreign buy-to-let property.

Low Interest Rates

Reliably low interest rates often receive mixed reviews from economists, but for investors, they present an excellent opportunity in 2017! Instead of using up savings on an investment, you can borrow some of the sum and still receive high returns. When borrowing for an investment, as long as you ensure that your profitability is higher than interest on loan payments, you can make a profit without tying up your liquid savings.

Growing Economy

Investing is a great choice for your money during a time of economic growth. Although low-risk investments are usually profitable regardless of the financial climate, a growing economy can help enhance returns. As explained above, borrowing is a logical choice for investment and in 2017, the UK economy is set to see balanced and steady growth (Source: Financial Times). Therefore, while your investment from borrowed capital is earning a high return, savings can also receive high interest, so you feel the benefits of both.

House prices abroad

To put it simply, property prices on the continent are lower than in the UK (except for certain luxury destinations).  However, a recent study has found that in almost all regions of France, property prices increased over the course of 2016 (Source: Property Investor Today). Therefore, if you invest in French buy-to-let during 2017, not only will you be able to buy at better value for money than in the UK, by the end of your investment’s term you are likely to sell your property at a noticeably higher value.

 

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