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A new independent survey of more than 500 property investors has uncovered the UK’s top property investment hotspots for the coming year:

  • 44 per cent of UK property investors intend to expand their property portfolio in the coming year
  • London continues to dominate as an investment hotspot – 40 per cent of investors plan to buy in the capital
  • West Midlands (32 per cent), East of England (26 per cent), South West (19 per cent) and East Midlands (17 per cent) complete the top five
  • 44 per cent have become more inclined to invest in rural areas since the start of the pandemic

London remains the primary focus among UK property investors, according to new research from FJP Investment.

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The investment firm commissioned an independent survey among 512 UK investors, all of whom own two or more properties in the UK. It found that nearly half (44 per cent) intend to expand their property portfolio in the coming year, with 42 per cent citing real estate as the main focus of their investment strategy at present.

Among those planning on purchasing a property in the next 12 months, London emerged as the UK’s leading investment hotspot, with 40 per cent considering investing in the capital.

Behind London, the West Midlands and East of England ranked second and third, with 32 per cent and 26 per cent of investors respectively inclined to purchase a property in these regions.

The South West came fourth (19 per cent), closely followed by the East Midlands (17 per cent).

FJP Investment’s research also found 44 per cent of UK property investors have become more inclined to consider investing in properties in rural areas since the start of the pandemic.

Jamie Johnson, CEO of FJP Investment, said: “The stamp duty holiday has clearly played a part in boosting activity in the property market and with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us and investor confidence returning, it is positive to see that property portfolio expansions are high on investors’ agendas for the coming year.

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“Tellingly, London has retained its crown as an investment hotspot, despite speculation throughout the pandemic that the city may have lost its appeal as a place to live, work and invest. Yet our research also shows that regions such as the West Midlands and East of England rank high among investors’ wish lists, and we should expect these areas, along with the likes of the North East and North West, to attract high level of property investment in the coming years.”

The UK’s Property Investment Hotspots
RegionPercentage of property investors considering this region for their next purchase
London40 per cent
West Midlands32 per cent
East of England26 per cent
South West19 per cent
East Midlands17 per cent
Yorkshire and Humberside16 per cent
Scotland15 per cent
South East15 per cent
North West13 per cent
North East9 per cent
Wales5 per cent
Northern Ireland5 per cent

Source: Property Wire

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