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Is buy to let still a good investment?

“Yes, of course. Property is still rising, the stockmarket is volatile and by buying property you are always going to have an investment that won&#39t fall.”

Shane Fox, Investment Management Services

“It&#39s a good investment now but I think the market has possibly reached its peak.”

Harry Russell, Investment Options (Scotland)

“Maybe. I would say buy to let is a no go unless you have a deposit of at least 30 to 40 per cent to be safe, although lenders may only be asking for 15 per cent.”

Nina Jeffries, The Mortgage People

“Yes. Buying long term it will be – and people shouldn&#39t be buying to let for the short term.”

Roger Marx, Freedom Financial Planning

“No, Markets can go down quite substantially and buying to let could be very dangerous.”

Vasu Daryanani, Finance Advisory Services

“Yes. Although some areas may be overheating, as a long-term view buy to let will give good returns.”

Joseph Conry, Harrison Priddey Financial Services

“Here in Stoke-on-Trent, where house prices are amongst the lowest in the country, it is not a bad option for investors.”

John Ogden,John Ogden Financial Services

“No, because I think the rent yields are reducing and the market is saturated.”

Paul Stedman, Paul Stedman Financial Planning

yes 50%

no 25%

not sure 25%


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