Student Property – The Fastest Growing Asset Class
Over recent years, investors have become increasingly interested in a diverse range of property. To maximise rental yields, investors are now considering everything from hotel rooms to overseas homes.
If you’re looking for a property investment which offers a superb rental yield and the potential for capital growth, then student accommodation could be the answer. We explore this growth area here.
The fastest growing property asset class
Student accommodation is the fastest growing asset class in the property market. And, Nick Marr, director of the leading property company Homes Go Fast, believes that it’s an area investors can no longer ignore.
He said: “Offering exceptional rental yields and a high level of occupation, it’s no surprise that savvy investors are increasingly turning to the student market.”
Yields on student property can often be as high as 7 to 10 per cent and the sector is recognised for its high occupancy levels, stability and predicted longevity.
Make sure you choose the right student development
While the potential returns of student accommodation are excellent, Mr Marr sounds a note of caution. He said: “With a large number of developments currently under construction, it’s essential that investors choose the right property for their needs.”
Mr Marr highlights several factors that investors should take into account when buying student accommodation. Firstly, it’s important to know who the developer is and what their track record is like.
“Find out whether the developer owns the site and has full planning permission for the project,” says Mr Marr. “If you don’t, you could end up losing your deposit or risk the developer not having the funds to complete the purchase of the site or the build.”
In addition, investors should be sure that there is a demand for student accommodation in the area. Mr Marr adds: “Towns and cities with a growing student population are often ideal, as universities are rarely able to provide housing for all their student population.”
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