The survey commissioned by Shojin found that for 61% of retail investors, BTL investing has lost its gloss, following many tax and regulation reforms
Six in 10 of retail investors in the UK believe buy-to-let investments have become far less attractive in recent years, new research from real estate investment platform Shojin has revealed.
Its commissioned survey found that for 61% of retail investors, BTL investing has lost its gloss, following many tax and regulation reforms.
Shojin said the research also underlined the perceived complexity of property investing. Two-fifths of investors (40%) said they would be inclined to invest in real estate without the complications that come with property ownership.
Despite the perceived barriers to traditional equity ownership, the research revealed that over half of investors (59%) consider real estate to be a strong asset class to invest in at present. Most respondents (58%) expect house prices to continue rising in the coming 12 months, with a further 51% citing the current supply and demand imbalance as a strong factor behind the appeal of real estate as an investment.
It’s been a year of immense volatility and investors are continuing to balance risks and opportunities against a complex economic backdrop, Jatin Ondhia, chief executive at Shojin, commented. Crucially, our research points towards some notable trends in real estate investment.
For one, it underlines that the appeal of BTL investing is in decline; higher stamp duty, the removal of tax reliefs, and greater regulation in the market are deterring people from traditional property investment, he said.
That said, the study showed that most investors still believe in the resilience of bricks and mortar as an investment asset in the current climate. And clearly retail investors are increasingly open to exploring different investment avenues as a means to achieving positive returns from property without owning the actual asset. We expect this trend to gather momentum as more digital advances continue to challenge traditional barriers of entry to property investment, he said.