In This Chapter
Looking at the benefits and drawbacks of buying a property to rent
Examining how to finance the property
Choosing where to invest and matching the right tenant to the property’s location
Exploring property opportunities overseas
Working through the tax return
Starting out in commercial property
Buy-to-let was the fastest growing investment class in the UK during most of the first decade of this century. From being virtually non-existent in the mid-1990s it grew, along with prices for houses and flats, to more than rival many collective investment schemes. And if you believe some of the media, buy-to-let was the most talked about subject at dinner parties, other than the price of people’s own property. After all, who wanted to discuss their sagging shares when they could boast of their burgeoning buy-to-let portfolios?
But buy-to-let ...