Monday, 29 June 2020

BUY-TO-LET DEAL OF THE WEEK: 1 bed flat in Tangmere, £159,950, 5.8% yield

1 bed flat, Whitebeam Way Tangmere
1 bed flat in Tangmere
Listed for sale on 20/03/20 @ £170,000
Now = £159,950
Rent = £775pcm
Yield = 5.8%
Last sold for £108,000 in 2013 (+48% in 7 years)

As an entry-level buy-to-let property in the Chichester area, I think this one-bedroom apartment in nearby Tangmere fits the bill perfectly.

It is now priced at £159,950, having just been reduced from £170,000 after a few months on the market (albeit that included prime 'lock-down' months). As flats go, this one includes its own entrance and a garden, so it doesn't lose out on the features often associated with houses. Furthermore it is in excellent condition, having been refurbished by the current owner, including a new kitchen, bathroom and decor. There is also gas central heating (many in the area are still all-electric) and double glazing. It even has a garage!

This all means it is in a ready to rent condition, so could make a good first step into the world of buy-to-let. It also side-steps a few other negatives typically found with flats i.e. the leasehold element. With a 155 year lease, no maintenance charge and a peppercorn ground rent, there aren't the typical ongoing costs you'd associate with flats - although be sure to check whose responsibility the building maintenance falls to.

In regards to returns - due to its great condition yet low price, the return on offer at 5.8% is very good for the area. That's based on a total rent of £775pcm, for which the garage contributes £50pcm (a bonus that is often overlooked by agents and investors alike).

It's interesting to see the flat has been sold many times over the years. It also gives a fascinating insight into how property prices have increased over time. The current owner paid £108,000 in 2013, so is seeking a potential 48% gain in seven years (although bear in mind the money spent on refurbishing it). The owner before that stands as a reminder that property isn't a one-way bet, having paid £115,000 in 2006 and thus losing money in their seven years of ownership! And finally, if you needed reminding how strong house price growth was in the early 2000's, consider the flat sold for less than half that price seven years before (£52,000 in 1999).

The property is on the market with Bell & Blake and full details can be found on Rightmove via the following link:

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