Friday, 9 January 2009

Say goodbye to the housing shortage, say hello to the renter shortage

Remember those hairy stories a few months ago about rents increasing at double digit rates and how buy-to-let yields were increasing. Now, BTLers are offering free months as their frantically search for renters.

“Pay for 12 - get one free”: this is not an offer for tins of beans at the supermarket but the latest in creative marketing from lettings agents. A glut of rental property on the market has forced agents to adopt supermarket-style selling tactics to win over potential renters.

“Free” months are one of many incentives that tenants can now choose from. As house prices fall, the increasing number of homeowners who are opting to let rather than sell has given bargaining power back to people who are choosing to sit out the downturn by renting rather than buying.

It has never been a better time to rent.


Electro-Kevin said...

And if you don't own property it's never been a better time to get out of Britain.

Vote with your feet - not the ballot box.

Anonymous said...

I agree: leave, the place is a toilet: leave it to fanatic scum and the underclass scum to run wild and go after each other. Watch it on satellite TV from afar and just giggle and open another bottle of wine.

Anonymous said...

Take your skills and your remaining wealth...

...pull the plug on the country and show the World what Blair, Brown et al have done.

They'll punish you if you stay.

Anonymous said...

You may be interested to hear that similar incentive deals are appearing in the rental market in downtown Manhattan.

Nick von Mises said...

And this is BEFORE the big job losses