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Landlords upbeat about the buy-to-let market with many looking to buy more.

BUY-to-let landlords are confident about the market for 2006, with many predicting rent levels will increase, a survey shows. Four out of five investment landlords said they either felt the same or more positive about investing this year than they did last year, while 91% expect rent levels either to stay the same or increase.

Around 86% of landlords said they thought demand for rented property would increase during the year or at least stay the same, and the same proportion said they were not planning to reduce the number of properties they had, with many looking to buy more.

Just 1% of those questioned were planning to sell up and leave the market altogether, according to Bradford & Bingley.

Just over half of landlords said they were investing in property for their pension, while 49% said their portfolios earned them more than pounds 15,000 a year. Terraced houses are the most popular choice for investors, with 52% having one in their portfolio, followed by two-bedroom flats at 48%.

The research was based on answers from 3,079 landlords who responded to a questionnaire in B2L magazine.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 1, 2006
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