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Expats return to UK for attractive property investments

British expats are returning to the UK as the home of their property investments, according to the latest research.

UK House Prices Increase

British expats are returning to the UK as the home of their property investments, according to the latest research.

Growing rental demand and the relative strength of the UK property market has seen a surge in the number of British expats looking to invest in property.


Mortgage lender deVere Mortgages has revealed that of the enquiries they received in the opening quarter in 2015, 75% came from British expats.


The lender suggested that the current fluctuations in currency exchanges have led to the UK being seen as a more attractive and affordable prospect, with the dollar standing strongly against the pound sterling at this time.


The strong economic recovery, the rise in demand for rental property and the lack of housing available in the private rented sector have worked to create optimal conditions for property investment purchasers looking back to the UK for opportunities.


The capital continued to fair well amongst expats, with London providing better value than many other world cities. However, London remains a difficult area for first time buyers to enter, with increased rents and house prices, in addition to a lack of supply, forcing many to look outside the capital.


This transition to the regions is expected to be mirrored by property investors as well, as rental return in London begins to drop. Increased availability and affordability is attracting prospective tenants to areas outside of London, while the increased rental return available outside of the capital makes an excellent prospect for investment buyers.

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