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Portfolio values peak as landlords prepare for uncertainty ahead

The average market value of a landlords’ investment property portfolio reached a record high of £1.7m during the third quarter of 2018 according to Paragon’s latest PRS Trends research, based on interviews with 200 landlords.

The survey shows that average portfolio values are now 6% higher than the £1.6m peak recorded ten years ago immediately prior to the global financial crisis. During the banking crisis, portfolio values fell sharply, dropping back to £1.35m in Q1 2009.

At the time of the crisis, landlords had an average of 12 properties in their portfolio and maintained their portfolios at around this size throughout the crisis period, before beginning to add to them once again from 2010 onwards. After peaking at 14.8 properties in Q3 2014, the average portfolio size now stands at 12.6 properties.

John Heron, director of mortgages at Paragon said: “Landlords operating in the buy-to-let sector have been subject to unprecedented tax and regulatory changes and they are understandably cautious about the future. Many have already taken action to mitigate the impact of these changes, including the sale of some of their properties and a reduction in gearing.

“While the increase in portfolio values will provide some cheer, landlords continue to face significant headwinds as they prepare for the first-phase impact of the mortgage interest tax relief removal and potential economic uncertainty surrounding Brexit.”

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