Whether you are planning on retiring early, late, or not at all, investing in property is a very effective way to build a substantial retirement fund! The old saying is true: You only get out of life what you give. While it’s true that it requires more effort and organisation to prop up your pension fund with property, the benefits are well worth it.
Things to consider
There is little doubt that purchasing a house takes much more effort than simply paying a monthly figure into a pension fund. So here are a few things to keep in mind.
Buy in the right location
Location and understanding the market you are investing in are essential. You want to protect your investment, ideally enjoy good growth, and have a reliable and regular stream of rent. So do your research and invest in a property that will give you all these things in spades.
When you purchase an additional property, you will pay 3% on top of the normal stamp duty rate.
You will need a 25% deposit
Applying for a buy-to-let mortgage is a little different from a conventional mortgage. Firstly, you typically need a 25% deposit. Many landlords also opt for an interest-only mortgage to keep monthly payments to a minimum. Then repay at the end of the term of the mortgage or make overpayments on the balance throughout the lifespan of the mortgage. The amount you can borrow is also based on what rent you can charge tenants, not what you earn. However, your lender will also take into consideration your income.
A good lettings agent will make your life so much easier. There are plenty of options for levels of service. You may decide on a fully managed service or a basic level. The costs are relatively low, ranging from 10-15% of your monthly rental income.
You gain more control over your pension when you invest in property, and the rewards compared with a conventional pension fund are greater and more tangible.
Good old bricks and mortar!
A good, solid investment in something as tangible as property is a pragmatic choice when it comes to long-term resilience. Stocks and shares can both fall and rise at the drop of a hat!
Property prices are on the long-term ascent
In the long term, property prices tend to rise. If you want proof, you only have to look into the past. While prices can fluctuate in the short term, in the long term they steadily grow, increasing the value of your retirement fund.
The value of your pension will increase as you pay your buy-to-let mortgage. Adding to this, any increases in the value of your property and rental income and you are well on your way to creating a substantial retirement fund. To achieve this, investing wisely is key, so that your monthly rent exceeds your monthly costs and a profit is made.
A versatile investment
Investing in property gives you more options. For example, if you want to release equity, your property investment should recover more rapidly than paying into a conventional pension plan. It's good to know when you need to get your hands on some cash. Owning an animate object to gift to loved ones will keep you busy while enjoying a project, hobby, and solid investment. Property can be a fun and interesting way to prepare for your retirement.
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