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Pension changes set to fuel buy-to-let market

24th June 2015 Print

Leading housebuilder Barratt Homes is predicting a rise in buy-to-let investors now that pension changes give individuals far greater control than ever before over their retirement funds.

Barratt Homes managing director Russell Glimstead said they have already seen an increase in enquiries from potential buyers looking to invest in property and the five star housebuilder has now produced a step by step guide geared to helping first time investors through the process.

As part of the changes people are now allowed to access their defined contribution (DC) pensions as they wish from the point of retirement and not have to arrange an annuity.

And it is this change which Russell says will boost the property market. “We have already been seeing investors opting for property rather than savings accounts but this will rise again now that newly retired people can invest in a wide range of products and for many this will be bricks and mortar.’’

Barratt’s new guide takes investors through the whole process from talking about yields and returns through to local market information and a step by step guide to investing with the five star housebuilder.

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1. Great locations – Barratt developments are situated across the region close to major transport links making its developments easily commutable, a major plus point for potential tenants.

2. Local knowledge – Decades of experience building across the country
means Barratt understands the market intuitively and creates the homes people desire, in the locations they want to live in, complete with the amenities and facilities they demand.

3. Capital growth potential – With strong rental yields, contemporary designs, desirable locations and amenities, new homes should offer good capital growth over the long term.

4. Rental management – Barratt’s strong relationships with letting agents mean they can put you in touch with trusted letting agents who can help you find the best rental rates for your property and help you negotiate management fees and packages to suit your needs.

5. Financial contacts – Barratt has a network of trusted, independent financial experts who can provide you with individually tailored advice and help you secure the best mortgage for your personal circumstances. For issues with tax and income, it can also put you in touch with independent tax advisers.

6. 5 year warranty – As well as the standard NHBC 10 year structural warranty, Barratt offers a free and exclusive 5 year warranty on most of its new homes. Covering nearly everything that it fits as standard and including 24 hour emergency call out cover, which gives valuable peace of mind to both landlords and tenants.

7. 5 Star Housebuilder – Barratt is the only major national housebuilder to be awarded a 5 Star Housebuilder Award by the Homebuilders Federation a record six years running. This coveted accolade is based on positive recommendations by our customers.

8. Quality and design – Barratt works with well-known architects, cutting-edge interior designers and respected landscape architects to make its homes award-winning models of style and sophistication, ensuring their appeal to customers.

9. Awards – Barratt’s unrelenting commitment to design and quality means it has won some of the industry’s most coveted awards, including a record-breaking 82 NHBC Pride in the Job Awards, two National Housing Design Project Awards, Evening Standard New Homes Awards and many, many more.

Barratt currently has a range of investments throughout Bristol including two, three and four bedroom homes designed to appeal to a wide range of investors.

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