London remains the primary focus among UK property investors, according to new research from FJP Investment.

The investment firm commissioned an independent survey among 512 UK investors, all of whom own two or more properties in the UK.

It found that nearly half (44%) intend to expand their property portfolio in the coming year, with 42% citing real estate as the main focus of their investment strategy at present.

National Landlord Investment Show – MPU

Among those planning on purchasing a property in the next 12 months, London emerged as the UK’s leading investment hotspot, with 40% considering investing in the capital.

Behind London, the West Midlands and East of England ranked second and third, with 32% and 26% of investors respectively inclined to purchase a property in these regions.

The South West came fourth (19%), closely followed by the East Midlands (17%).

FJP Investment’s research also found 44% of UK property investors have become more inclined to consider investing in properties in rural areas since the start of the pandemic.

Jamie Johnson, CEO of FJP Investment, said:

“The stamp duty holiday has clearly played a part in boosting activity in the property market and with the worst of the pandemic hopefully behind us and investor confidence returning, it is positive to see that property portfolio expansions are high on investors’ agendas for the coming year.

Tellingly, London has retained its crown as an investment hotspot, despite speculation throughout the pandemic that the city may have lost its appeal as a place to live, work and invest.

Yet our research also shows that regions such as the West Midlands and East of England rank high among investors’ wish lists, and we should expect these areas, along with the likes of the North East and North West, to attract high level of property investment in the coming years.”

The UK?s Property Investment Hotspots
Region Percentage of property investors considering this region for their next purchase
London 40%
West Midlands 32%
East of England 26%
South West 19%
East Midlands 17%
Yorkshire and Humberside 16%
Scotland 15%
South East 15%
North West 13%
North East 9%
Wales 5%
Northern Ireland 5%
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