A couple of local landlords and I had a discussion about the property market in Bedford, when the subject of risk against returns arose.
All landlords are different in the way they play the property game. Some landlords prefer to accept a modest yield/return on their investment for an increased certainty of finding a quality tenant. Other landlords are interested in high returns, with a greater risk with regards to the quality of the tenant. Before you start playing, it is a good idea to have a game plan.
For a low risk investment, you could buy property in the areas of Bedford which are perceived as being more desirable, such as Castle Road and Riverfield Drive, but as sales prices are high your overall yield would be low .However, if you don’t mind a slightly higher risk of void periods or a more varied quality of tenant, you are likely to be rewarded with a higher annual yield of over 6%. This level of risk can be typically taken with Victorian terraced houses around Ampthill Road area. If you are after annual yields of 8% and over, you could take more of a risk with houses of multiple occupancy or properties in the poorer areas of town which may attract tenants of a low quality.