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Build to Rent Beating Brexit Uncertainty

Since news broke to the world of the UK’s choice to Brexit, a cloud of uncertainty fell over all markets. Finances plummeted in the wake of the decision and slowed any movement within the Property Sector. That all appears to be changing now however, with one of the biggest players within the Build to Rent sector saying the new segment of the lettings market is likely to ride out any uncertainty and continue to thrive.

Legal & General’s Build to Rent fund manager Dan Betterton said that while Brexit may lead to people putting off large-scale personal decisions such as house-buying, they will still need somewhere to live – allowing the rental sector in general to still benefit.

“Anecdotally, following the referendum, we are hearing demand from more people wanting to rent and not wanting to buy. When we look round the world to established build to rent markets, such as the US, the rental sector provides consistent demand to the construction industry regardless of market conditions – it is less cyclical than building for sale” insists Batterton in an interview in Architects’ Journal.

He says there may also be less competition for land between now and the end of the year as traditional housebuilders pause land acquisition programmes, allowing Build to Rent investors to make their move.

“The one downside is that a falling pound means construction materials purchased overseas become more expensive – a lot of cladding comes from abroad. But other overseas investors are seeing the exchange rate as an investment opportunity” he says.

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