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Finance firm encourages investing in buy-to-lets in Wales amid housing crisis

20 Jul 2021 3 minutes Read
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A finance firm is encouraging investing in buy-to-let property in Wales, amid the housing crisis.

Norton Finance, has shared research which it says shows UK’s best national parks to invest in, while locals are forced out of their own communities in rural and west Wales because they cannot afford to get on the housing ladder.

According to the firm, which claims that the demand for ‘staycations’ is booming, Snowdonia is the best national park to invest in, while the Brecon Beacons came in third and the Pembrokeshire Coast came in fourth.

The study looked at average monthly rental, gross rental yield and Google search volumes to find the best areas to invest in.

It says that the average property in Snowdonia costs ‘just’ £203,320 and has a potential gross yearly rental yield of 20.46%. It adds that the average weekly rental price is £800.

In response to the study, the Senedd Member for Dwyfor Meirionnydd, Mabon ap Gwynfor, has called on the Welsh Government to take “urgent action before this crisis becomes irreversible.”

‘Stood by’ 

He told Nation.Cymru said: “The Labour Government in Cardiff has stood by and watched as our communities are engulfed by the housing crisis.

“Snowdonia is now seen as a property portfolio’s paradise. Our communities need urgent government action before this crisis becomes irreversible for many communities.

“Plaid Cymru demands direct interventions to mitigate the housing crisis, including trebling the Land Transaction tax, changing planning laws to allow councils to impose a cap on the number of second homes, and closing the loophole that allows second homeowners to register their property as a “business” to avoid paying the council tax premium.

“Nearly half of the housing stock in my constituency of Dwyfor Meirionnydd were sold as second homes last year. Consultations, trials and pilot schemes are not going to be enough and will be too late. What our communities need is action – and fast.”

Norton Finance suggests that people invest in property in the Brecon Beacons National Park, which is home to Pen Y Fan mountain situated, adding that this makes Wales a ‘shrewd’ choice for investors.

There it puts the average property price at £247,401, the average weekly rental price at £961, and the gross yearly rental yield at 20.20%.

It also claimed that for buy-to-let investors “looking to get their foot in the door”, the Pembrokeshire Coast offers the highest yield on rental property, at 35.36%. The study puts the average property price at £217,923.

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Huw Davies
Huw Davies
3 days ago

MAE CYMRU AR WERTH

Quornby
Quornby
3 days ago

Whenever there is a kill the jackals follow the scent. Unfortunately the Welsh Government lacks the stomach to oppose these scavengers picking at the bones of our heritage and stealing from our children.

Mr Williams
Mr Williams
3 days ago

Response from our politicians please?

O Rob
O Rob
3 days ago

Mark Drakeford pull your finger out and do something NOW for crying out loud.

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
3 days ago

Colonialism.

Anthony Jones
Anthony Jones
3 days ago

Where are Meibion Glyndwr when we need them ?

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
2 days ago

We’ve got to expect this, one thing I’ve noticed about this gang is that they are active on all fronts and ,like rust, never sleep! There is still much weatlh to be extracted…time to roll your sleeves up Gwynedd…

David Thomas
David Thomas
1 day ago

Policies like making Wales the most LGBT friendly country in Europe are priority for this Welsh Gov not more worthy problems such as this.

Bruce
Bruce
1 day ago
Reply to  David Thomas

I don’t think it is a case of either-or. Social justice comes in many forms, LGBT equality and access to affordable housing does not mean that one has to exclude the other.

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