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In the UK we have strict planning rules and a shortage of housing and an enduring factor in driving property ownership in the UK has been its value as an investment
“The wise young man or wage earner of today invests his money in real estate.”
– Andrew Carnegie, Scottish business leader and philanthropist, 1835-1919
“Buy land, they’re not making it anymore.” – Mark Twain, author, 1835-1910
We are delighted to work with investors who want to get a highly attractive return from investing in property but don’t have the time and knowledge to do it themselves, this information from the Nationwide shows why investing in property is viewed as a solid investment.
Rising house prices have enhanced the appeal of home-ownership and investment over the past half-century
UK average (nominal) house prices (£), 1952-2018
Source: Nationwide 26 February 2020
House prices and income
- House prices have risen in the UK over the last half-century, though there are marked regional differences, and there have also been significant periods of flat or negative growth
- UK house prices have grown faster than incomes: between 1997 and 2017 house prices rose 260% on average, while average income grew only 70%
- In 1968 the average UK house price was £3,600; in 2019 it was £229,000. If grocery prices had increased at the same rate as house prices, a four-pint carton of milk would cost £10.45 today and a chicken £51.18
- Rising house prices have a two-fold effect:
- people want to buy before prices rise even higher.
- property is likely to be a good long-term investment.
- Home-ownership as an investment has been less volatile than the stock market and produced slightly higher returns
- Property now represents over a third of personal wealth in the UK