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Property funds set to overtake buy-to-let

Property funds are set to overtake buy-to-let as the preferred route into property investment according to new reserch.
Property investment company assetz say that modern investors are drawn to the flexibility and diversity that the funds allow. They also require less involvement than property syndicates or direct investment.
The entry level for property funds is normally lower than the amount of capital required to buy into a syndicate or to pay for a deposit on a buy to let flat. Assetz believe that this enables investors to invest in more than one fund, diversifying their portfolio and reducing risk.
Assetz managing director Stuart Law says: Investors are attracted to the hassle-free aspect of investing in property funds, which appeals to those who want to make money from property but who do not have the time or inclination to be a traditional landlord.
With 7 per cent capital growth in the UK looking likely by the end of 2006, opportunities still abound for investors looking to profit from property, and the chance to hand all responsibility for their investments over to a Fund Manager is extremely appealing.

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