Existing homes have risen some eight per cent in value in the past year while the price of a typical new build is now 28 per cent more than 12 months ago.
The current average price of an existing home in Britain is £272,851; by contrast the average price of a new-build has risen from £330,662 to £422,414 - up by well over a quarter.
The gap is even greater in some regions.
Landlords buying an average new-build home in Wales will now pay 34 per cent more than a year ago, while existing homes have seen capital appreciation of 11 per cent.
In Scotland, new-build inflation has been 29 per cent - existing homes are only seven per cent more expensive to buy now than 12 months ago.
However a spokesman for Unlatch - the organisation behind the research and an advocate of new homes - says: “Investors on the whole do prefer to go for a new build property for many reasons, one more being that by the time said investor completes on their purchase, the agent usually already has a tenant lined up to move in; meaning no void periods.
“In a fast, frantic, and highly competitive housing market, new-builds also offer more reliability in terms of the actual purchase itself. Fewer sales are subject to falling through as a result of unwanted discoveries during the surveying process, as well as the fact there is no dreaded chain to contend with.”
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