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Peer2Peer Finance News | November 24, 2017

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Lendy: Weaker property outlook strengthens case for P2P

Lendy: Weaker property outlook strengthens case for P2P
Suzie Neuwirth

WEAKENING fundamental drivers in the property market are boosting the case for peer-to-peer investing, Lendy has said.

The P2P property lender unveiled its latest property market index on Tuesday, the Lendy Property Pulse (LPP), which looks at influencing factors on the sector including net mortgage lending, average earnings and housebuilding activity.

The index fell in the last quarter to 96.6 from 100, despite residential property prices rising by 3.7 per cent on average over the period.

Lendy attributed the decline to a greater supply of new homes which could dampen future price rises. Lending to the residential market has also fallen, which could indicate slowing demand for property purchases, it added.

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However, Lendy said that property remains a solid investment and advised investors to maintain a more diversified property portfolio to manage their risk.

“The widening gap between house prices and the forward-looking LPP is a reminder that potential investors must diversify their investments as effectively as possible,” said Liam Brooke, co-founder of Lendy. “Investing via a P2P property platform is an easy way to diversify your investments.

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“In our view, property will always remain a sound investment if investors manage their risks effectively, and make sure they diversify across different types of property investment and investment term.

“Lending against property without taking on the equity risk of buying can be a better option for investors, providing diversified security rather than a large direct investment.”

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