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Some 48% buy to let buyers in UK enter market to increase pension returns

It has been found that almost 50% of buy to let sales in Britain are drive investors looking to boost their pensions whilst the overall market remains unchanged despite changes to tax. At 48%, almost half of property investors purchased a buy to let property with the specific goal of driving up their retirement earnings, a 2% increase from two years ago.Since 2015, it has been found that the market remains relatively unchanged despite the government’s changes to tax within the buy to let sector. It has also been highlighted that the demand reinforces the idea that pensions are struggling to provide the same returns that buy to let can.Further to this, young professionals are also benefitting from the buy to let boom with some 15% of buy to let investors aged 21 to 30, up 13% from 2015. They have chosen the buy to let market as the best investment product to suit their individual needs and are using property investment as a means to get onto the property ladder themselves in more affordable areas of the UK.Additionally, it was found that 13% of investors surveyed were investing mainly for their children and loved ones to physically pass on an income generating, tangible asset for future use. Or rather, to use the returns from rental to give their children or loved ones a lump sum when needed.A fifth of buy to let investors are seeking to extend their portfolio and becoming a hands off landlord is the end goal for such investors. This can be mainly carried out via buy to let leveraging which equates to splitting capital and spreading it across numerous properties in a bid to achieve higher overall returns.This affords investors the ability to earn a strong secondary income whilst also constructing a solid portfolio for the future. It goes without saying that each person’s motivation for investing in buy to let varies and in many cases, there is a primary motivation for investing, followed my more minor reasons. Investing in property not only provides attractive returns when the deal is right but is also a tangible asset that can be held for either capital growth or sold for the profit to produce a lump sum.That said, managing a property is not an easy task and investors must be savvy with where and what they invest their time and funds in so they can fully maximise their returns. Motivation is generally driven from one of four main ambitions with pensions and income for retirement being a huge focus, stemming back to 2015. This momentum has not dwindled and buy to let is still providing the best returns over annuities and several other investment types.The buy to let sector is a tough market to crack and it has recently come to light that many landlords are looking to increase their rents whilst also downsizing their portfolio due to recent policy changes, however, the aforementioned research highlights that not everyone is being deterred and the market remains a great opportunity for income, particularly when you come to the end of your working life.

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