Netherlands has best buy to let yields in European Union

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The Netherlands is the best location for buy to let properties in the European Union with the highest rental yields of 6.57% as of April 2016, new research shows. Belgium and Portugal are also attractive locations for buy to let investments, taking second and third respectively in the EU buy to let league table compiled from research by international currency firm World First. Average yields were 6.47% in Belgium and 6.29% in Portugal while Sweden was at the bottom of the list with the worst yield at 2.88% with the UK with 4.28% placed 21 out of 29 countries. With an average rental yield of 6.57%, the Netherlands came top due largely to the relatively low price of buying property. The average one bedroom apartment costs just over £110,000 and a three bedroom house costs around £211,000. In the UK, the average price of a one bedroom apartment is £179,000 and a three bedroom house is £343,000. The firm suggests that Sweden has such low yields due to rental controls and a market that favours tenants and this climate will deter seasoned buy to let landlords looking for a decent return on their investment. France at 3.22% and Italy at 3.55%, already established hotspots for holiday homes, also have lower rental yields than their European neighbours and whilst they may make a great retirement or summer home for sun seekers, they may not be ideal locations for buy to let investors. The research also reveals slight differences when investing in buy to lets in city centres compared to suburbs and rural areas. For buy to let in city centres, Belgium takes the lead with yields of 6.54%. This is partly due to the dominance of Brussels as an expat destination for those working at or within the European Parliament, European Commission, Council of the European Union, and the European Council. For properties outside the city centre, the Netherlands again has highest yields at 6.78%, closely followed by Turkey at 6.65% and Portugal at 6.57%. World First research also shows that currency fluctuations in the past year have significantly impacted the affordability of property on the continent with property prices in Sweden 12% more expensive in 2016 compared to April last year. It also says that the recent weakness of the pound has also added over 11% to the price of property in the Eurozone with the average one bed apartment in the Netherlands rising from just over £117,000 to over £130,000. ‘With the recent changes to stamp duty tax for buy to let landlords, UK property investors looking to add to their portfolio might want to consider looking further afield to get the best returns,’ said Edward Hardy, market analyst at World First. ‘Our research shows that within the EU, the Netherlands, with relatively affordable property prices, holds the highest level of returns in Europe. On the other hand, countries that have policies in place to regulate rental prices like… Taylor Scott International

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