UK land investment has become very popular in recent years but can you really make big gains?
The answer is yes you can make big gains in UK land investment, but for most investors it ends up in heavy losses.
So why do most people lose? Let’s find out:
The aim of UK land investment is to buy land without planning and then wait for it to be granted and sell at a hefty profit to developers for building.
The problem with UK land investment is most investors simply take the word of the company selling them the and planning permission is imminent and will be granted.
Of course if it was, the company selling you the land would not need to bother, as they could simply make the profit themselves.
A common scenario with UK land investment is that investors buy land at way above the market value (the land investment company selling obviously need a profit) and unless planning permission is granted the investor has a losing asset.
Now, not all companies in UK land investment do this and there are many reputable companies around but if you are thinking of investing in UK land, you need to keep a few points in mind:
1. Planning permission – Is not guaranteed and can take many years
2. Be careful how much you pay for the land and consider the mark up
3. Check the track record of the land company you are dealing with to see if they have had previous successes
4. View the investment as long term and don’t expect instant profits
Big profits can be made, but investors need to be very careful of land brokers and check them out.
Look for companies that are sensible in their outlook, avoid anyone who says that you will get rich quick, planning permission is guaranteed etc
Other land investments
In the UK planning permission is the key to making big profits, but there are many overseas markets where land markets are booming.
Investors can target triple digit annual gains, planning permission is easier to obtain and the markets are very liquid allowing you to buy and sell quickly to bank profits.
If you are looking at UK land investment you may want to consider some other markets as well where land is cheaper and profit potential is higher.
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