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22nd June 2015

Highly successful Streets Ahead Property Investor Forum gives delegates inside track on Croydon’s buy-to-let investment potential

Delegates at the first Streets Ahead Estate Agents Property Investor Forum learned that Croydon property prices outperformed central London by 3% with a 19% increase in the past calendar year.

Over 100 portfolio investors and first time buy-to-let investors were being given an exclusive insight to the potential of the fast growing, multi-billion pound Croydon property market at the estate agent’s inaugural investment forum.

A panel of property investment, mortgage and tax experts briefed on the multiple-opportunities for the single and the portfolio buy-to-let investor in Croydon, which despite a mixed year on the lettings market front, still saw an average rental increase of seven percent.

Thanks to ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback from delegates, Croydon-based Streets Ahead Estate Agents are now planning a second Investors Forum for September. And they unveiled further details of their exclusive Streets Ahead Estate Agents Private Investors offering, to provide a range of exclusive free services and market intelligence to clients who join the service.

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Managing Director Bob Hay addressing the Investors Event audience.

“The investors’ forum was a huge success – we received overwhelmingly positive feedback from everyone who attended,” said Kevin Ellis, Director of the Land and New Homes division at Streets Ahead Estate Agents.

“Everyone we spoke to afterwards found the mix of presentations and briefings really insightful and informative.

“The two forum sessions were extremely well attended with well over 100 people – first time buy-to-let investors and more seasoned portfolio investors – attending, and Croydon College Conference Centre was a really good central venue.

“Our plan now is to hold another forum in September, with the date and venue to be confirmed. Anyone interested in coming along is welcome to contact me directly for more details.”

Many of the delegates were impressed by the variety of investment opportunities revealed by the Streets Ahead market intelligence, which showed among other things that buy-to-let owners hold onto their properties for the long term on average – up to 14 or 15 years.

Delegate Neil Johnson, of Brydon and Johnson commented afterwards: “It was very informative and interesting and I learned some things I didn’t know about Croydon and the property market. I was particularly surprised to hear how long people hold onto their buy-to-let properties. Many keep their properties for up to 14 or 15 years and the average investor owns four investment properties.”

Among the speakers at the event were Streets Ahead Managing Director Bob Hay, Develop Croydon Vice-Chairperson Katharine Glass, Mortgage Expert Trevor Absolom and Property Tax consultant Jackie Wilding, Partner of Brydon Johnson.

Mr Hay, who co-founded Streets Ahead 25 years ago with partner Gary O’Hare, spoke of the major “opportunities in Croydon for building developers and portfolio investors” and the wide range of property services, from residential, lettings, new build, land and commercial, offered by the firm. He also outlined the key steps to becoming a successful investor – whether for capital gain or rental income.

While Katharine Glass spoke about the overall development of Croydon and the much anticipated arrival of Boxpark at the Ruskin Square development by East Croydon Station and the new Hammerson-Westfield retail development which will replace the old Whitgift Centre.

The key points of the new Streets Ahead Estate Agents Private Investor offering, unveiled at the Forum, include:

1. Advance notice of off-plan builds.
2. Updates on areas of regeneration and opportunity areas.
3. Share of Streets Ahead market research for new homes.
4. Market intelligence on tenant demographics and rental demand.
5. Portfolio consultation to help investors optimise their investments, plus a review of their holdings to ensure the best return possible.

Kevin Ellis invited anyone interested in the Private Investor offering to contact him at: kevin@streetsahead.info and added: “The Investor Forum helped clients recognise what makes a good buy to let investment, with advice on mortgages and tax from our guest experts. Right now, Croydon represents a significant investment opportunity – there is so much potential here.”

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