When you invest in property, you are almost always hoping to make a sizeable profit.
The UK’s housing market has an excellent track record of improving year-on-year over recent decades. If you have owned your house for a long period of time, you can expect it to have increased in value – but there’s no doubt that some areas have gone up more than others.
If you are thinking about investing in property in the UK, then it is extremely helpful to know where house prices are increasing the fastest. We’ve compiled a list of the country’s most profitable postcodes below – so keep reading for all the information you need.
1 – NG7, Nottingham
NG7 is one of the largest postcodes in Nottingham, covering much of the west of the city. Lenton, Hyson Green and Highfields Park are three of the main neighbourhoods in this area – and with lots of students living here, it may not be a surprise that NG7 is the UK’s best area to invest in property.
2 – NG1, Nottingham
Nottingham is clearly an excellent city to invest in property. While the NG1 postcode is slightly more affordable than NG7, with a typical asking price of £188,052, it still ranks second in the UK for your return on investment.
3 – BD1, Bradford
Bradford is widely regarded as one of the UK’s most affordable cities – but this doesn’t mean that your return on investment cannot be sizeable, too, under the right circumstances.
Over the past year, house prices in BD1 have gone up by 6%. The postcode is mainly in the city centre, making it a convenient location for buyers and renters alike. A typical property there costs £68,409, while the mean rent is £755 per month.
You can expect a yield of roughly 10.6% on a house in BD1.
4 – M14, Manchester
Manchester is one of the UK’s most exciting cities – so it’s not a surprise that lots of people are keen to move there. For those who own a house in this postcode, the average yield is 10.1%, which makes it a very worthwhile investment.
The average house in M14 currently costs £208,703, which makes it relatively affordable compared to the city’s much higher average price. You can expect to receive £2,679 per month, on average, when renting out a property in this postcode.
5 – NE6, Newcastle
NE6 is north of the River Tyne, and includes neighbourhoods such as South Heaton, St Anthony’s and Walker. A house in this postcode costs around £167,111 on average, and has a typical monthly rent figure of £1,198. You can expect an average yield of 9.8% in this part of Newcastle.
6 – YO10, Yorkshire
Yorkshire is undoubtedly one of the UK’s most beautiful counties – and it is an outstanding place to invest in property, too. Much like NE6, you can expect a yield of roughly 9.8% on a house in the Yorkshire postcode of YO10.
7 – SA1, Swansea
The SA1 postcode is in the centre of Swansea, and includes neighbourhoods such as Townhill, St Thomas, Maritime Quarter and many more. SA1 has an average house price of £143,869 and costs approximately £1,206 per month to rent there. People who invest in this part of the city usually get an excellent return on investment, at a 9.2% average yield.
8 – CF37, Cardiff
CF37 is in the far north of Cardiff, several miles above the city centre. Nestled in the beautiful Welsh countryside, it is no surprise that plenty of people want to live there. The postcode includes the town of Pontypridd, and has an average yield of 9.2% in recent times.
Properties in CF37 had an overall average price of £156,351 in 2023, with most sales being terraced houses. If you own a property in the postcode which you decide to rent out, you can expect to receive £1,110 per month on average to stay there.
9 – SO17, Southampton
On the south coast of England, Southampton is an extremely popular place to live. The SO17 postcode is in the north of the city, including neighbourhoods such as Portswood and Highfield.
If you own a ‘typical’ house in SO17, it will currently be valued at around £243,154. The area has a yield of approximately 9.2%, proving that it is a profitable place to invest in property, and a typical rental fee in SO17 is £1,278 per month.
10 – YO31, Yorkshire
In the north of the city of York, YO31 is a postcode which includes Huntington, Heworth and Tang Hall. A house in this area costs around £319,458, which is significantly above average and therefore shows that this is a desirable place to live.
Why are some postcodes more profitable than others?
All of the above postcodes have one thing in common: they are located relatively close to major cities. People are keen to live in urban areas, as it usually offers more job opportunities, better transport, and a wider range of restaurants, venues and more.
If you live close to a city centre, you can also usually charge a higher amount for monthly rental payments, compared to if you were based in a ‘less convenient’ location. For landlords who want to make a consistent income by renting out their property, anywhere close to a city makes sense.
There are plenty of places in Scotland and Northern Ireland that are excellent investments, too.
If you own a house in a not-so-profitable part of the UK, then you may want to get it ‘out of your hair’ as quickly as possible, without worrying about the price you receive. In this instance, selling to cash house buyers is an option worth exploring.
The best areas for Buy to Let
When you are considering investing in Buy to Let, you should keep in mind that the ‘most profitable’ areas differ slightly, compared to house purchases. Recent figures suggest that the best areas for Buy to Let include:
- BD1, Bradford
- M14, Manchester
- NE1, Newcastle
- SR1, Sunderland
- SA1, Swansea
You will likely get a lot of interest in your Buy to Let property if it is located close to a major university, because this means that lots of students will want to rent your house each year.
You will also attract lots of interest if there are excellent amenities in the area, and there is a commuter-friendly city nearby. All of this criteria applies to the five postcodes listed above.
There are plenty of worthwhile places to invest in Buy to Let in London, too. While property prices can sometimes be volatile in the ‘wealthier’ parts of the city, figures suggest that the outskirts of the city represent healthy investments. These include SE28, E12, E16 and SE11.