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Why we need to be careful where we buy our property

By David Lawrenson   February 2014

Many people are now getting interested in buy-to-let, because the alternatives don’t look very exciting. Keeping cash in the bank usually produces a return below the rate of inflation that is effectively negative. Added to this, the stock market is looking overpriced, meaning that both of these are less than appetising alternatives.

Buying and letting can be more handson, but it has the attraction that it is an investment form that (unlike a pension) doesn’t require you to buy an annuity on maturity and it also allows you to borrow and then offset interest costs on those borrowings against rental…

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