Capital Living, Capital Gain

A guide to property investment

Scotland is a great place to live and offers fantastic potential for property investment.

Entry costs for investors are viable with prospects of high returns and strong capital growth.

At DJ Alexander we believe that investing in property is a smart move, and we know how different a buy-to-let property investment can be to buying your own home. That’s why our consultancy process is designed to assist you on your property investment journey from start to finish with careful guidance and support from our property experts.

Each investor will have different aims and interests when building their portfolio, whether it be for capital appreciation or achieving maximum yield. With Glasgow and Edinburgh's incredibly diverse choice of properties, every investor is sure to find their ideal investment.

Our Consultancy Process

We offer an individual service to all our clients – whether you are looking to build a large portfolio or purchase a single property, and whether you’re based around the world or just around the corner.

Most people have already decided they want to invest in property when they approach us and simply want advice on taking the next steps on what can seem a daunting journey.

Whether you’re looking to buy one property or to build a portfolio, we’ll help you decide on location, tenant demographics, the term of your investment and your final exit strategy.

We’ll always be honest, advising you what to buy… and what to avoid. And because money and tax is every bit as important as bricks and mortar, we will keep you abreast of changing legislation and can put you in touch with specialist accountants.

The next step is to identify properties that suit your personal requirements. We don’t just endorse the properties we’re selling; we look at the whole market including any off-market opportunities we hear about.

We can send you details of our recommendations and also assess the ones you tell us about. If you are unable to visit Edinburgh then we can arange to view properties on your behalf and offer our experienced feedback.

After 30 years we know what makes a good rental property, and more importantly we know what doesn’t. We’ll advise on what makes a good capital investment for when the time comes to finally sell. It’s that combination of local knowledge and impartiality that really benefits our clients decision.

Within DJ Alexander Legal, there are specialists who can help you submit offers and guide you thought the buying proccess. From negotiating the sales price, arranging detailed surveys, right through to getting the keys. They can even recommend mortgage advisers and liaise with them on your behalf.

Naturally, as trusted advisers for clients around the world, DJ Alexander Legal have in-depth knowledge of the Edinburgh market and its unique properties, enabling us to identify any that may have a chequered past. It’s that local insight – combined with process diligence and attention to detail – that helps our clients to spot the difference between quirky charm and a potential money pit.

If you’re new to property investment, spotting a place with ‘potential’ can be both exciting and daunting. While undertaking minor repairs and cosmetic decoration may all be part of the adventure, fitting a new kitchen or bathroom could seem a step too far… And all may be impossible if you do not live locally.

At DJ Alexander we have an in-house project management team to help you prepare your property for letting and re-sale. We co-ordinate multiple trades and advise you on where to spend to get the best return for your investment. Our experts will also guide you through the latest letting regulations.

We can even furnish your property – down to the very last teaspoon.

Once your property is ready we will use our unrivalled contacts within Scotland’s largest employers and advertise on high-profile websites before thoroughly screening all applicants  to ensure we find you the highest calibre of tenant.

We are experts in making your life as a landlord as simple and rewarding as possible.  Our service includes everything from setting up the lease and collecting rent, to property maintenance and emergency repairs. When your tenants move out we’ll find a new one quickly and efficiently – one of the reasons our occupancy levels are close to 100%.

Why choose property investment in the UK

  • Property investment is considered more reliable and stable than other investment opportunities
  • Property is seen as a tangible asset
  • Increased rental demand which is forecasted to continue rising
  • Average rents have spiked and are set to continue growth
  • House prices are forecasted for growth beyond 2020
  • Property can be refurbished to increase yield and growth
  • You can benefit from a range of leading options to raise your investment value
  • Equity can be released from your existing property to increase your portfolio

City Statistics

Scotland’s economy is expected to continue expansion strongly over the next five years, joined with a forecast of a continued rising population. This is fuelled by a global reputation for quality of life and cultural opportunities, excellent transport links and a stable jobs market. Today one in seven residents in Scotland are living in rental accommodation, which is three times more than in 2000. Around 14% if all Scottish properties are now leased through a private landlord.

Edinburgh stats

Edinburgh’s population is forecast to rise by 28% in the next decade – fuelled by a global reputation for quality of life and cultural opportunities, excellent transport links and a stable jobs market. It is the second largest financial centre in the UK (and the fourth in Europe), home to a large number of blue chip employers – as well as the Scottish Government. World renowned as a seat of learning, Edinburgh has a student population of more that 40,000.

Glasgow stats

Glasgow is the fourth largest city in the UK with a population over 600,000. It contributes 32% of Scottish economic output, 35% of its jobs and 36% of its exports, plus it is the renewables capital of Scotland with over 5,000 people working within the energy sector. With three colleges and five higher education institutions Glasgow has a student population of around 130,000. Property rental in Glasgow has risen by 20.6% in the past 4 years, and forecast to continue growth to 2020 by 19.9%. The City of Glasgow showed the biggest volume of sales across Scotland in March, proving that demand is outpacing supply – Good news for a growth in capital gain.

To arrange a consultation to discuss property investment in Edinburgh or Glasgow or to review an existing portfolio email or complete the form below: