Portfolio landlords continue to expand, research finds

Shawbrook Bank have surveyed more than 1,000 residential landlords and found that 88% of portfolio landlords had grown their portfolios in the past six months.  See their report here.

In it they found that:

  • 88% of portfolio landlords have added to their portfolios in the last 6 months
  • 25% of portfolio landlords intend to invest in an additional property in the next year, with 22% looking to invest in multiple

The specialist lender contrasts the response with smaller landlords – those with between one and four rental properties – who are being more cautious, with only 58% having increased their portfolio in the past six months.

Shawbrook’s managing director of real estate, Emma Cox, said: “Whilst the property market remains challenging, it’s encouraging to see professional landlords continuing to invest and seek opportunities to diversify.

Our research has shown that a significant number of landlords have taken proactive steps to expand their portfolios, while responding to demand to add quality, energy efficient rental stock to the market for renters.”

She added: “Astute landlords will need to keep thinking one step ahead, adapting their strategies to adjust to the rapidly changing real estate landscape.”

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