16 June 2014

After many months of a sellers' market, anyone trying to sell a property now will be aware that the sales market has slowed considerably, with buyers reluctant to pay full asking prices and many waiting to see what will happen to house prices a

Source: Landlord Zone

"Demand for rental property is stronger than ever, with more young people and families choosing to rent," says Leaders' managing director, Paul Weller. "Rental demand has increased for a number of reasons: it is more affordable and flexible; there are more people moving around for work; and more immigrants.

"We are seeing exceptionally strong demand for all types of properties in all the areas we cover - from studio flats to large family houses - with available properties renting very quickly and many tenants wanting to extend their tenancies indefinitely."

With winter underway and sales slowing, Leaders see letting as the ideal option for homeowners struggling to sell. The property can be let for six months until the spring - or longer if it suits - until the sales market improves, and in the meantime provide a useful income.

This applies equally to landlords trying to sell an investment property. An empty property is a waste of potential income and it is always preferable to have it occupied during the winter months. Leaders have recently seen a number of landlords decide to re-let their property after several months sitting empty on the sales market; in each case the property was let within a few days.

Says Weller: "The option of letting your property until you are able to sell works well, even for people who need mortgages. A number of mortgage lenders offer 'Let To Buy' mortgages, an alternative to the well-known 'Buy To Let' option, which allows you to borrow money to buy a new home to move into, while your existing residence is let out to tenants.

"We would of course advise homeowners to speak to an independent financial adviser to find out if this is a suitable option for them, but if it is, it could mean a way to avoid a delayed move while waiting for a buyer, plus all the disappointment and frustration that entails, and to supplement your income at the same time!"

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