Medway savers batten down the hatches with low interest rates set to continue into the 2020’s

You might ask, what has the plight of the Medway savers to do with the Medway property market? Everything, in fact.  Read the newspapers and many financial wizards are stating that, with the decision of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee in early August to cut the Bank of England base rate to an all time low of 0.25 per cent, savers should prepare themselves for interest rates to stay low, well into the early 2020’s.

This isn’t some made up story to capture the headlines of newspaper editors. The yield (the interest rate or return) on 10-year Government bonds is currently 0.61 per cent. This indicates that the money markets believe that the Bank of England’s base rate will, on average over the next ten years, be below the 0.61% rate they are buying the 10 year bonds at (because they would lose money if the average was over 0.61%). UK Interest rates are going to be low for a long time.

For those who have saved throughout their working lives and are looking for ways to maximise their savings, tying their money into property could prove advantageous. You see as a saver, I did a search of the internet and the best savings rate I could find was a 5 year fixed rate at 2.5% a year with Weatherbys Bank. Your £200,000 nest egg would earn you £5,000 a year – not much. However, on the other side of the fence, growth in Medway house prices and princelybuy to let yields have made property investment in Medway an appealing option for many. According to my research;

The average yield over the last five years for
Medway buy to let property has been 5.5% a year
and average property values in over the same period have risen by 33.7%.

Using these averages, the Medway landlord’s property would be worth £267,400 and they would have received a total of £55,000 in rent – making the total return £322,400. Meanwhile, our Medway saver’s, using the average savings rates for the last 5 years, even if they had reinvested the interest, their £200,000 would be £221,184.

There are risks as well as benefits to buy to let though. As my blog readers know, I tell it like it is and investing in buy to let means locking up capital in a property that may fall in value. Another option would be stock market income based investment funds, which are paying around 5%, especially if put your nest egg into a tax free stocks and shares ISA. Although you can only add £15,240 a year into an ISA, you would also have the ability to sell up quickly if you want. But, one last thought;

The other side of the coin is that you cannot buy an unloved ‘stock market income based investment fund’ and set about renovating it and adding value yourself. The investment fund isn’t something that you can touch and feel, isn’t something tangible, isn’t something physical, isn’t something concrete, it isn’t bricks and mortar and that is why, my fellow Medway homeowners, the love affair between us and property will continue.

If you are considering becoming a new buy to let landlord in Medway, what do you know about the Medway property market? Do what many established landlords do and stay tuned to this Medway Property Blog. There is a catalogue of articles like this and where the best buy to lets deals are in Medway. 

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