REITs Vs buy-to-let in a post-Brexit world

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REITs Vs buy-to-let in a post-Brexit world

Property has long been seen as one of the safest forms of investment and, on the whole, is likely to continue to be so. However, recent political upheavals in the UK mean that more thought needs to be given before jumping on the property gravy train as we once would have. Britain’s vote to leave the European Union – and this year’s hastily called General Election – mean uncertainty in the coming years. That uncertainty will inevitably affect the wider economy and, more specifically, the property market. 

There are currently two principle ways to invest in property in the UK. The first is to buy shares in a real estate investment trust (REIT). The other is to invest directly in buy-to-let property. The former largely invests in commercial and retail property, while the latter tends more towards residential property, but neither is set in stone. Each has its advantages and drawbacks – but how are REITs and buy to let likely to be affected by the uncertainties of Brexit?

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