Women’s share of buy-to-let continues to rise, now making up 48% of UK’s 2.6 million buy-to-let investors
- 21st July 2021
- Buy-To-Let Property News
Women favour buy-to-let investments over other asset classes
The number of buy-to-let investors that are women continues to grow in the UK. Female buy-to-let investors now make up 48% of the UK’s 2.6 million buy-to-let investors, up from 47% last year*.
While the gender gap continues to close for buy-to-let property, other asset classes lag behind. Women account for only 44% of investors in stocks and shares ISAs**.
Buy-to-let is considered a relatively low-risk asset type. Whilst investors in other asset classes depend heavily on the economic environment and decisions from management teams they have no influence over, as a buy-to-let landlord, you are the one in control.
Women now receive 44% of all income from buy-to-let investments, an increase of 27% on 2014/15. In the same period, the total income from male landlords grew 15%. This suggests women have been adding to their portfolios of buy-to-let properties much faster than men have.
This is a significant step considering the much wider ownership gap in other asset classes, such as equities.
Across all risk appetites, buy-to-let property is viewed as a sensible way to diversify an investment portfolio and an increasing number of women are benefitting from the resilience of the asset class.
Stephen Ludlow, Chairman at ludlowthompson, says: “The gender gap in buy-to-let continues to narrow, with more women entering the market.”
“Buy-to-let investments offer a long history of regular pay-outs, even in periods of financial downturn. While other asset classes, such as equities, may suffer sharp declines, buy-to-let properties can provide a steady stream of income.”
*HMRC 2018/19, latest data available.
**HMRC, 2017/18, latest data available, women own 1.025 million stock and shares ISAs compared to 1.3 million owned by men.
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The gender gap in buy-to-let continues to narrow, with more women entering the market.
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