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Property should be held as part of a ‘well-diversified portfolio of investments’

A number of people have unsurprisingly invested in property over the years as a means of supplementing their income, supported by solid demand from tenants and stable yields, as buy-to-let consolidated itself as the investment of choice. 

However, a new survey shows a concerning swing in investor attitudes towards investing in property, with a growing number of investors shying away from the sector.

Rathbone Investment Management polled more than 1,000 investors and 500 high-net-worth (HNW) individuals and found that 38% of investors in this country no longer view property as a good investment.

The research also revealed that while a quarter of HNW investors own buy-to-let properties, just 7% plan to add to their portfolios.

Robert Szechenyi, investment director at Rathbones, commented: “Not only are the returns now being impacted by an increased rate of tax, but they can also prove high-risk investments due to a lack of diversification.

“Property investments require a large amount of capital to be held in one single asset, and landlords will often hold a number of properties within one region.

“Investors who are looking to invest in property, should make sure to assess their risk appetite, look at all alternative options and make sure this property is held within a well-diversified portfolio of investments.”

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