Smart investors highlight property potential at home and overseas

SmartNewHomes.com says new homes can offer property investors impressive returns as the general buy-to-let market toughens up, according to an industry expert.

Shrewd investments in the new homes market could double investors’ money over the next five years according to David Bexon, managing director of SmartNewHomes.com, which is about to launch its dedicated investor service, Smart Investor Services at the Property Investor Show (September 23 to 25,ExCeL,London).

Bexon says: “Many observers may have written off the property market as not being capable of providing substantial returns now that the housing market is no longer booming.

“However this is simply not true. There are plenty of places where money can still be made through the property market, providing you do your research thoroughly on how and where to invest.

“Investors are also finding that the current balance in the market is allowing them to make better deals on purchasing with many housebuilders willing to offer competitive deals and discounts for off-plan or investment buyers.”

Smart Investor Services matches up investors with suitable developments across the UK and overseas. Properties are typically available at substantial discounts from the general market rate as the service passes on discounts secured from buying bulk and off-plan.

In addition, unique partnerships with other market leaders can provide investors with expert advice on mortgages, lettings management, tax advice and currency exchange.

Much is currently being made of the low prices offered in the former Eastern Bloc countries and the growth rates of markets like Dubai.

However, according to Smart Investor Services, the stability and security of more traditional markets, such as the Costa Calida in Spain and Florida in the USA, are not to be overlooked; capital growth rates of 15-20% are presently available in these areas and the extended holiday rental season, especially when the site has an integral golf course, provides an enhanced income source that is hard to beat.

On the basis that residential property is a medium to long term investment,rather than short term speculation, Smart Investor Services believe that political stability, well established processes and a mature rental market are all factors that should weigh heavily in the balance when deciding where to invest overseas.

The Smart Investor Service will be launched at the Property Investor Show next week on stand 211.